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Alves stated, “That is what I do in our household.” “When the kids want to have something that’s not good for them, I go, ‘Hey, I’m not going to tell you not to have it. Take a look at that ingredient panel. It’s all there. They open it up and begin to examine it. Is it like something you would want in your body?

She recalled sports drinks being on of their first topics of conversation in this vein. We were discussing food coloring, and all of it, and she said to them: “Look, Red Forty, I know it sounds funny, but are you sure what that means?” “Nobody does!” 

This was turned into a contest where the winner would be awarded a prize.

And “they still have it,” Alves added, noting that she hasn’t banned red food coloring or other fun, albeit less nutritionally dense, ingredients from the house. Rather, the kids know that, if they want something, they need to be aware of what’s in it. “We’re in no way, shape or form perfect in the household,” she said. She said, “But we strive to achieve a balance between knowledge and emotion.”