13 Most Unhealthy Kids Foods

Fruit Gummies

Made with artificial flavors and lots of sweeteners, fruit gummies don't even contain actual fruit: just fruit purees, at the most. 

Fruit Juice

It seems healthy because it has the word "fruit" in it. But just like with fruit snacks, fruit juice is loaded with sugar.

Sugary Cereals

 A 2011 study found that high-sugar cereals increase a child's total sugar consumption and reduces the overall nutritional quality of their breakfast.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs, ham, bacon, salami, and other processed meats have no place in a healthy diet for children because of the sugar, fat, and salt contents. 

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed macaroni and cheese is easy and delicious, but it doesn't make a great meal on a regular basis. It's full of highly processed ingredients, sodium, and preservatives.


Applesauce is made with a lot of sugar and very little of the good stuff the real fruit provides.

Flavored Yogurt

Flavored yogurts are loaded with sugar and artificial colors that have no health benefits.


Popcorn is typically considered a pretty good snack because it has a lot of fiber and is low in sugar

French Fries

French fries contain a lot of sodium and aren't considered the healthiest vegetable out there. 


The study noted the amount of calories in pizza, and found that on the day kids eat pizza, they end up eating more saturated fat, salt, and calories overall. 

Lollipops or Hard Candies

Lollipops and hard candies are both considered pretty significant choking hazards for children, which right off the bat makes them something you'll want to avoid.

Granola Bars

Granola bars seem like a healthy, satisfying option for kids, and they can be. But most brands make them with very little protein and fiber, and a lot of sugar

Fast Food Kids Meals

Children and adolescents got 13.8 percent of their daily calories from fast food in 2015 to 2018, which was a 12.4 percent increase from 2011 to 2012.