Each parent desires to have a healthy and happy child. Introducing your child with basic and proper nutrition is one way to ensure his good health. On this path, there will be many obstacles that sometimes can be easier and sometimes more difficult to overcome. For example, sweets and candies. How to prevent children from overdose with sugar? Is it possible at all?
What amount of sugar is acceptable?
The experts and nutritionists recommend that children between 2 and 18 years should not enter a more of added sugar than 24 g or 6 tsp daily. Children up to the second year should not have brought it at all. Nutrition with a lot of sugars in childhood leads to the development of obesity, increased blood glucose levels and later in life and to diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease.
Read the composition of the product and keep in mind that one teaspoon is about 4 g of sugar. The worst choice is multi-processed products due to the high concentration of added sugar. Keep in mind, it is often hidden behind different names. Hidden sugars do great harm to the organism if they are taken uncontrolled, and are found in meat, dairy, bakery and confectionery products under names such as corn syrup, dextrose, agave syrup, glucose. Be aware of the fact that otherwise healthy industrial products, such as cornflakes, often have significantly more added sugar than we think.
Tips that help in the reasonable control of children’s candy intake
-Teach children to eat all foods. We have already mentioned that small children should try ten times the new food until they accept fresh taste. Older children should learn that food is not a human being to love, but the energy needed for good health.
-Provide the kitchen with the meals that your child wants to eat.
-For snacks, always offer fruits or vegetables.
– When the child is thirsty, offer him only water. Juices are full of added sugar and empty calories.
-Instead of buying sweets make homemade. Some foods and spices can replace sugar and provide a sweet taste that is also more natural. At the very least you can reduce the amount of added sugar.
-Make a difference between sweets and a healthy snack of sweet taste. Sweets are usually empty calories, while home-made cakes can be healthy dishes full of nutrients. Oat flakes, nuts, milk products, fresh fruits, eggs, cocoa, and many other foods can produce “healthy sweets.”
-Keep under control what your child is eating and drinking at home. When you are celebrating or visiting friends or a family, let him know when it is enough of sweets.
-Do not forget to be a good example for your child. From your approach to sweets, the child’s relationship to this “unhealthy pleasure” will depend.