When it comes to sugar, it’s not just about the added sugar in foods like cookies, cake, and candy. Hidden sources of sugar can be lurking in much healthier sounding foods, like yogurt, cereal, and granola bars. In fact, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that approximately 60% of baby and toddler foods contain added sugar.
While sugar itself isn’t necessarily bad for growing bodies, consuming too much of it can lead to weight gain and other health problems down the road. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that children aged 2-18 consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day.
So how can parents tell if a food is high in sugar? Unfortunately, food labels can be very misleading. Here are three tips to help you navigate the world of food labels:
1. Look for other names for sugar
There are more than 50 different names for sugar, so it’s important to be on the lookout for anything that ends in “-ose” (like fructose, sucrose, or dextrose) or “syrup” (like corn syrup or rice syrup).
2. Check the Nutrition Facts label
The Nutrition Facts label will tell you how many grams of sugar are in a serving of the food. Keep in mind that the label may not reflect the entire package, so be sure to check the serving size.
3. Limit foods with “health claims”
Foods that are marketed as “healthy” or “low-fat” are often loaded with sugar. In general, it’s best to avoid processed foods and focus on fresh, whole foods.
If you’re concerned that your child is eating too much sugar, talk to your pediatrician. They can help you create a healthy diet plan that’s tailored to your child’s specific needs.
A new study has found that misleading food labels are causing babies and toddlers to eat too much sugar. This is a problem because eating too much sugar can lead to health problems like obesity and tooth decay.
There are a few things that parents can do to help their children eat less sugar:
1. Check the nutrition labels on food before buying it. Make sure that the food does not have too much sugar.
2. Teach your children about healthy eating. Help them understand why it is important to eat less sugar.
3. Give your children healthy snacks. Instead of sugary snacks, give them fruits or vegetables.
By following these tips, parents can help their children eat less sugar and stay healthy.