I don't want them to live like monks and like chocolate myself, but the amounts in question are excessive. Me and the Mrs have had quite a few arguements about it.
I’d say stick to your guns. My parents were extremely lax when it came to my diet – we’d always have chocolates and biscuits in the house, and every day after school my mom would go to the newsagent and buy a newspaper and my a pack of sweets or chocolate for both myself and my brother. I had coffee from the age of three, but decided I didn’t like it at the age of six, and switched to tea. I’d have piles of sugar on my cereal (even Frosties and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes), and three sugars in my tea. Until I was in my mid-teens, the only vegetables I’d eat were tinned carrots and sweetcorn with Sunday dinner. I didn’t have broccoli until I was 29, and cauliflower when I was 32. I’ve still never managed to eat an entire piece of fruit – I hate the taste of apple and banana, and I’m not over keen on strawberries. I find raspberries and blackcurrants acceptable... if they’re in a delicious pie. I like orange juice, but not with bits. I don’t like oranges in their natural state.
The point is, the habits your kids get into as children will be hard for them to break as adults. My diet is still fairly appalling, mainly consisting of meat and sugar, and I genuinely hate the taste and texture of fruit. I’ve cut down to one sweetener in my tea, and only put sweetener on Weetabix and Shreddies, and golden syrup in porridge - Mr Toast occasionally compares me to the elves from Elf, putting syrup on everything, but compared to my childhood, this is a marked improvement. Hopefully by the time I’m 40 I’ll have weened myself off sweetening my breakfast completely!
I rarely get crisps, chocolates, cheese or biscuits into the house, as I have virtually zero willpower. :/
SAVE YOUR CHILDREN! SAVE THEM NOOOOW!