Sinclair Cares: Start your day off right

Sinclair Cares: Start your day off right (Sinclair Cares)

Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics says as many as 12% of young kids don’t eat it and even more teenagers skip out completely.

Working in partnership with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

Mike McCarthy explains how to start your family’s day off right.

Check out your nearest grocery store and you'll likely find thousands of choices.

Dietitians say the list of nutrition facts is the place start.

Clinical dietician Jess Buschmann said, "Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day."

Buschmann says it's important to look out for sugar, specifically added sugar, listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The CDC says Americans get too much added sugar, which can lead to health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

And while some cereals have a sugary reputation, Buschmann says the amount of sugar in some yogurts, flavored oatmeals and milks may surprise you. "The more ingredients you can pronounce the better," said Buschmann.

Pre-planning, Buschmann says, will help your family.

She says list five meals your kids enjoy and make sure you include at least three food groups in each meal.

Consider whole grains and carbohydrates like bread, cereal, or fruit for quick energy, protein like eggs or lean meat to keep you feeling more full, longer, and dairy for strong bones.

"Yes, healthy eating is harder but absolutely not impossible," says Buschmann. "And she says it's never too late to make your grocery store choices healthier."

The FDA is updating what's on nutritional facts labels for foods. Things like the amount of added sugar will be included.

The government says the changes will make healthier choices easier to see, but it could a while before you see it. Large food companies have until 2020 to update their packaging.

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