This weekend I purchased a book from the dollar store titled "salt sugar fat". It was written by Michael Moss. It is about a secret Meeting between the major food producers about lowering the salt, sugar, fat in processed foods. It was hosted by Pillsbury, It is interesting to note that General Mills has since bought out Pillsbury.
It has been estimated that during a year the average American eats seventy pounds of sugar , that equates to 22 teaspoons a day and twice the RDA of salt a day, Most of the salt is not consumed by using a salt shaker. Basically, it is hidden on processed foods. The more things you can cook from scratch, the more control you have of the salt, , sugar and fat on your diet.
Salt sugar and fat contribute to heart disease and obesity. Before we go on diets to eliminate whole food groups, we can take baby steps on eliminating a lot of salt, sugar and fat on our diets. It's an easy way to eat more healthy and spend spend less on our foods. Rarely does a ready made food cost less than scratch, Pasta sauce is about the only thing that is truly cheaper and you can watch the ingredients and use coupons, Tortillas have fat whether you make them or buy them.
This is an interesting book that goes into the natural tendencies to crave salt, sugar and fat and howmdood manufactirers relate to that concept. It's a good read.
Bottom line : encouraging children to make healthy choices and limiting sweets or making them yourself with less sugar is a good thing, This blog has been developing easy, quick, scratch recipes to make scratch food as easy as using a box. Controlled far,mskgar, and salt and less money is a winning combination.