As parents, attempting to feed your kids good food (or any food) can be an endless, nerve-wracking journey through Internet articles and grocery store aisles.
For all the warnings and alerts out there, there exists a serious danger not posted online or on any package. A dietary risk to your child as unsettling as sugar addiction; a threat as bloated as the result of a serious peanut allergy…
Don’t laugh. This is a serious issue that no responsible adult is talking about. At all. Anywhere! I’ve checked.
Kids hate crust because it actually poses a physical threat to them. Just refer to the infographic analysis of a kid’s perceptions and responses to crust, above. Or just refer to the wad of semi-softened crust your unhappy kid just deposited into your hand. Kids know. They know crust is poisonous to them.
Sure there may be violations to this statement. Some small percentage of kids may have built an early immunity and even “love” crust. They probably also like their snow cones drenched in Guinness and balsamic vinegar, but for the rest of the kid population, crust can be deadly.
Symptoms of crust poisoning can include instantaneous loss of appetite, the condition known as “crumple face,” gagging, tongue mummification, throat owies, hyper bladder activity (mainly from drinking excessively to counteract the effects of any ingested crust attacking their system).
Understand the danger and be watchful for the signs. Don’t worry, though, give it time. Most kids will develop their immunity to crust as a natural part of growing up. Or not. No biggie.
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