Some reasons for limiting sweet foods such as candy, chocolate or cakes with artificial sweeteners are because children who frequently consume these foods have a feeling of fullness, which prevents nutritious foods for their growth. Research has even found that too much sugar consumed by children increases the risk of poor bone density, obesity or type 2 diabetes. In addition, conditions that are often experienced by children are tooth cavities causing children to experience toothaches and lack of appetite.
Here are ways you can limit your intake of foods or drinks that contain excess sugar, namely:
1. Recognize added sugars in children’s food
About 70 percent of foods aimed at children often contain added sugar, so you have to be very selective in reading food labels. The list of added sugars that are often found in children’s diets is high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, lactose, maltose, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, drops, Barley malt, Diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, maltodextrin, honey. Although it is not dangerous, you should pay attention to the sugar content so that the percentage is not consumed by children too much.
2. Choosing healthy drinks for children
Next is a sweet drink that is often consumed by children, so that it contributes 10 to 15 percent of daily calories. So when you are going to choose a sweet drink, you should choose a healthy drink like milk. Cow’s milk or soy milk are equally good. Things to remember avoid adding sugar to milk drinks for children.
3. Limiting candy or chocolate snacks
Avoid to forbid consuming candy or chocolate, because it will make your child steal steal to get the food. You should limit your consumption by only giving it two or three times a week with a limited amount. So don’t get in the way completely.
4. Choose naturally sweet foods
You can choose foods that are naturally sweet, healthy for children’s health. Choose desserts such as fruit slices with yogurth, fruit smothie or fruit juice with a little homemade sugar content. That way your child will reduce the consumption of unhealthy sugary foods such as candy or chocolate.
5. Avoid connecting candy for the convenience of the child
When your child is angry or cranky, you should not automatically reach for the favorite candy to cheer him up. This can create an unhealthy connection between children’s emotions and high-calorie foods (such as candy or chocolate) which can lead to weight gain. The same applies to giving gifts for your child’s abilities, you should avoid giving candy, you should choose other foods or other objects such as toys or stickers.