When it comes to food, the first six months of your child’s life are a blessing, since they still don’t eat solid food during that period.
After that, there is more room for mistakes since the development of healthy eating habits depends on your decisions.
This article is a reminder of why you should try avoiding added sugar. Also, you’ll see why you can start giving it to your toddlers after they reach the age of two.
The Negative Effects Of Added Sugar
Before long, people bought into the story that fat, and not carbohydrates, harm our well-being. The story has changed and nowadays the real enemy is sugar.
It’s almost yesterday’s news that added sugar puts people’s health in jeopardy.
For starters, the sweet tooth is bad for teeth. Unfortunately, it’s not just teeth that are at risk.
Sugar can be detrimental to general health, ranging from obesity, high blood pressure, immunity issues, cavities to anxiety and depression.
So, how do we put the situation under control when our kids (babies and toddlers equally) are given added sugar daily? Let’s see why it is on the blacklist:
Too Much Sugar Means Too Little “Real” Food
Have you caught yourself telling people that your kid “doesn’t eat at all”? This happens quite often for two reasons.
First, we observe kids’ meals in comparison with our intake of food.
Second, kids eat too much (hidden) sugar. So, parents need to be extremely cautious of giving them juice and soda, as well as various sauces and yogurts. They are loaded with empty calories that just make them full without providing them with enough useful nutrients.
It’s very difficult to balance your children’s diet if you offer them sugar early on in their lives. Exposure is the first step to forming healthy or unhealthy eating habits. This usually means that kids are more likely to choose the sweet taste of sweets over the bleak taste of veggies.
Sweetened Food And Health Issues
The excessive intake of candies can lead to having no teeth at all. A whole string of early pearly whites can go dark and eventually rotten, which gives way to real dental trouble in adulthood; let alone heart issuescaused by decayed teeth.
High Sugar Level Equals High Anxiety
Another disturbing fact is that added sugar might cause anxiety, leading to undesired behavior, hyperactivity, and general restlessness. As the … Read the rest