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Sugary Foods Not So Sweet on Health

Sugary Foods Not So Sweet on Health

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Sugars are form of carbohydrates which are present naturally in most foods and also are added to variety of foods. The main function of sugar is to provide energy to your growing child. But, excess of these simple sugars may do more harm than good to your child.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Why Excess Sugar Is Not Good?

Read labels on food packets before buying. Foods containing 22.5 g or more sugar per 100 g are high sugar foods and should be avoided. Foods with 5 g or less sugar per 100 g are low sugar content food.

Foods which have lot of added sugar provide excess calories but few other nutrients. Excess calories in your child’s diet can lead to overweight or obesity issues. Too much sugar can also cause tooth decay in the child.

Look for the Sweet Source:

Other than your table sugar, sugar is present in a variety of other foods such as sweets, cakes, muffins, biscuits, chocolates, sauces, jams, breakfast cereals, juices, soft drinks, etc.

Natural foods such as fruits and milk also contain sugars. However, these sugars are good for health.

Added sugars mentioned on the processed foods can be sucrose, fructose corn syrup or sweetener, dextrose, fructose, maltose, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, honey, molasses, etc.

Tips to reduce sugar in your child’s diet

Limit and try to avoid the foods containing added sugars like those mentioned above.

If you want to give juice to your child, opt for 100% fruit juice and dilute with water.

Give healthier foods which contain natural sugars present in them like fruits or milk.

Don’t give your child sweets as a reward for good behavior.

If family members or friends give your child a chocolate, give only a small amount to the child and request them to get fruits for the child instead of chocolates or other sweet items.

The healthy food choices you opt today will reap sweet healthy moments later in your child’s life.

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