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by: Lindsay Hutton

For busy moms, deciding which packaged foods are safe for your child's breakfast, lunch, and snacks can be daunting, especially when you are faced with a long line of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and dyes on the recipe label. Although these ingredients are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe), a recent Nielsen study found 49 percent of households try to avoid artificial colors and flavors. Check out which big-name food companies are listening and opting for a more natural approach when it comes to their products. Just remember — removing these artificial ingredients from your child's favorite foods doesn't necessarily make them "healthy." Make sure to check the label for additional added preservatives and unnatural ingredients.

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