With the invention of all those scrumptious popsicles, yummy chocolates and irresistible candies; the trips to the dentist have become a common thing these days and still more common are the children trudging up to the dentist’s clinic because sugar does not make them as fat as it makes us poor adults; who have to watch every mouthful of food. And then we don’t even have milk teeth, so we can allow them to decay their old teeth in order to give way for new, shiny and healthy ones.
But it seems that decaying milk teeth are not the only horrible thing sugar does to a child’s body.
According to a new recommendation from American Heart Association, children aged 2 to 18 should consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar daily while children under 2 should not consume sugary foods and beverages at all.
“For most children, eating no more than six teaspoons of added sugars per day is a healthy and achievable target,” said Miriam Vos, M.D., Ms.P.H, lead author, nutrition scientist and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Foods that have added sugar in them, like table sugar or fructose, and all processed and prepared foods and beverages are linked to the development of heart problems, type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure in children and teenagers.
It goes without saying that sugary and processed foods are high in calories and low in nutrient content while whole, uncooked foods and dairy products are good for your general health.
So the best way to avoid unnecessary sugar for your children is by giving them fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unprocessed chicken and meat, and low-fat dairy products.
“Because there is a high amount of sugars in our foods, the typical American child consumes about triple the recommended amount of added sugars,” said Vos.
She also adds that over time the number of studies in pediatrics has increased and she believes that their scientific findings will provide parents and public the best nutrition available for our children.