The Great Sugar Battle: 5 Ways to Manage Your Kids’ Sugar Intake

If you’ve ever tasted your child’s cereal only to feel your sweet
tooth shudder with sugar overload, then you already know the
confectionery conundrum. Sugar can be found in so many foods aimed at
children, and not only in foods you would expect to be sugar
culprits. While it’s difficult to completely cut out sugar from
your child’s diet, you can control their sugar intake and nurture
good habits using the six strategies below.

Note – you should take your child to the dentist regularly to check
for decay. NHS dentistry is free for children
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Try the Sugar-Free Approach


only thing better than cutting sugar from your child’s diet is
doing it without them knowing. With all the concerns about diabetes
and childhood obesity, more food manufacturers are coming out with
sugar-free sweets and other foods that taste just like the real
(sugary) thing.  Whether your kid loves bubblegum, hard sweets,
or movie theatre snacks, just about every variety of sweets now has a
sugar-free version. Also look out for juices and breads that
specifically state that no additional sugar has been added.


try a little dessert management by baking with sugar-free
ingredients. If brownies are a household favourite, try using
unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar-free sweeteners in the granular
form – it’s highly unlikely anyone will know the
difference. Another great option is the half-and-half approach,
which uses half sugar-free sweetener and half organic cane sugar.
It’s all the sweetness with only half the sugar.

A Little Sugar Goes a Long Way


the saying “a little goes a long way” and apply it to giving
sweets to your kids. Sugar isn’t the end of the world as long as
it’s within moderation. If it’s Easter, or Christmas, or just a
sunny day when everyone is having ice cream – give you kids a
smaller portion of whatever is on offer and encourage them to make
the sweets last. Likewise, sugary sodas are the downfall of a
healthy diet, but pop is easy to moderate. Instead of letting your
kids drink a big bottle of soda, give them half a cup. The sugary
sensation will satisfy their thirst without sending them into a sugar


Ease Them Off Slowly


turkey is no way to go about moderating the sugars in your child’s
diet. Just like an adult with coffee, an absence of sugar all at once
will cause an energy breakdown for your kids. Try starting their low
or no sugar diets by easing them off the sweet stuff a little at a
time. The “little goes a long way” approach above is a good way
to start, but there are other ways to go about it like replacing
sugary snacks with fresh fruits.



Offer Alternatives


With child obesity and diabetes on the rise,
there’s no better time to cut sugars from your child’s diet. In
addition, this infographic with
dentistry advice for kids of all ages emphasizes that
sugar is also the leading cause of tooth decay. Although sugar free
options are helpful, your ultimate goal should be to offer
alternatives that are naturally low in sugar, and you’re your kids
will start to prefer over time.


Replacing sugary cereals with oat and grain
cereals that contain dried fruit and nuts for sweetness is a great
place to start. From there, you can take lunchtime desserts out of
the equation and replace them with fresh fruits. As for dinner, keep
the meal itself sugar-free by cooking with all-natural ingredients
and try one of the sugar-free dessert options mentioned above. Over
time, your child’s sensitivity to sugar will increase (as they have
less of it) and they will start to prefer foods with less sugar.


Make Them Work for It


sweets are fine every once in a while, but they should be considered
a reward. In order to receive the reward of sweets, have your kids
work for it by playing hard and exercising. Kids need exercise and
strenuous activity just as much as adults do, and when your kids burn
calories and raise their heart rates on a regular basis, a little
sugar here and there will have almost no effect on their overall
keeping in mind the dietary tips above, you’ll have a happy,
healthy, sugar-free family.



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