It has become an issue that people forget that sugar products are a snack, not a meal. I have known "mothers" that would give their babies Mtn Dew in a f'n bottle! My kids, when they do get a soda, is something that is caffeine free. Yes, still has sugar and high fructose corn syrup, but no caffeine. When they get a choice between healthy "snacks" versus candy, mine go for the carrots, apples, etc. I try to have fresh fruits and such around.
Growing up, I always fought with a little extra belly weight. Nothing outrageous, but I was the kid that had the bit of a gut. I don't want my kids to have to deal with that. Also, I don't want them hyper and out of control. They are kids, they are already hyper and "out of control".
I have to agree with a few earlier posts, to an extent. However, candy is NOT cheaper than a bag of baby carrots. about $2 gets me a good size bag of baby carrots the kids can share...where 80 cents is a small bag of M&M's. When it comes to fruit snack cups, I rather by a bag of grapes and some apples. I fail to see where it is still "cheaper". Shelf life? Sure, but my kids eat through the fruits and carrots faster than I can keep them stocked. Wanna "juice up" the carrots, celery, etc? Ranch Dressing!
I won't put the issue you stated as ignorance, or hate, or anything +Mike Elgan
, but rather as simple laziness.