- Juice: The natural sugar, fructose, results in an unnecessary energy hit.
- Artificial food colourings and preservatives: These have long been linked to hyperactivity. A study found three-year-olds and eight-year-olds who drank a drink containing additives and the preservative sodium benzoate were hyperactive. The three-years-olds were far more sensitive to the stimulating effects and symptoms appeared in as little as one hour after ingestion.
- Too much salt: Excess salt causes a child to wake up in the night, so aim for low-salt (120mg/100gr) products. (The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) recommends an upper limit of 250mg of salt per day for toddler between the age of one and three.)
- Dried fruit: This is usually a healthy snack option but it is also high in sugar, salt and sulphites (preservative).