WHY SHOULD SUGAR BE AVOIDED IN CHILDREN’S DIETS?

Although occasional indulgence in sweets may not harm children’s health, it is essential to instill healthy eating habits from a young age. Increased sugar intake in children elevates the risk of obesity and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even some types of cancer later in life.

In 2021, more than 41,600 new cases of type 2 diabetes were detected in children and adolescents, often as a result of improper and unbalanced diet and decreased physical activity.

For these reasons, it is vital to establish healthy eating habits early on so that your children can grow into healthy teenagers and adults.

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IS IT NATURAL FOR CHILDREN TO CRAVE SUGAR?

Many studies have shown that children need sugar intake, especially during periods of growth when they require more energy and calorie intake. However, the increased desire for sweets comes from how they are presented to them.

Parents often reward children for good behavior or characterize sweets as “bad” food, forbidden to eat, making them even more intriguing to curious children.

HOW MUCH SUGAR CAN CHILDREN CONSUME DAILY? 

Eating sweets should not be banned, but the amount must be limited. The recommended sugar intake for children between 2 and 18 years old is less than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons per day. This means children should consume at most one can of soft drinks per week.

Consuming sweetened beverages in childhood is a predictor of obesity by the age of 6. Therefore, it is crucial to instill a habit in children to enjoy drinking water instead of other sweetened beverages.

WHAT CAN INCREASED SUGAR INTAKE IN CHILDREN LEAD TO? 

Despite the recommendations for the maximum amount of daily sugar intake, children consume three times more than recommended, with 16% of their daily calorie intake coming from added sugars.

Increased sugar consumption in the diet at an early age can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. All of these conditions can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases in young people.

Other health disorders associated with increased sugar consumption in children, significantly added sugar, include:

  • Cavities and oral diseases, which can later lead to heart disease.
  • Hyperactivity
  • Risk of Cancer
  • Decreased immunity
  • Allergies
  • Reflux disease

WHY IS A BALANCED DIET IMPORTANT?

Focusing on the benefits of nutrient-rich food instead of the negative consequences of consuming too much sugar can help your child develop a positive perception of healthy eating.

Children need nutrient-rich food as they grow and develop to be strong and healthy. Healthy eating helps children with:

  • Consistent and stable energy
  • Strong and healthy bones and teeth
  • Improved mental health
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Prevention of chronic diseases

REDUCE SUGAR IN YOUR CHILD’S DIET WITH THE HELP OF A NUTRITIONIST PLAN AT SRCE – INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTER

Healthy habits are established from a very young age, so ensuring that your children have a consistent healthy diet is essential. At the Srce – Internal Medicine Center, we care for the youngest ones, so our nutritionists can help you create a diet plan tailored to their age and containing all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and development. Contact us for more information and consultations.

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