Families can look after their long-term health by cutting down on the amount of processed food they consume.
This is the expert opinion of Linda Main, dietitian for HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity, who noted such produce is high in salt, sugars and saturated fats.
Consequently, they lack many of the "essential and beneficial nutrients" that can be found in more nutritionally rewarding options, such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
"About three-quarters of our salt intake comes from processed foods. Regularly eating too much salt has been linked to increases in blood pressure and the risk of stroke and heart attacks," Ms Main remarked.
She continued by saying consuming saturated and trans fats can raise cholesterol levels – the biggest single factor in coronary heart disease.
Indeed, research published in PLoS Medicine discovered lowering body mass index will considerably reduce the risk of developing ischemic heart disease.
As a result, families should look to promote a well-balanced diet in order to decrease their children's chances of being unhealthy.