Published: Apr 12, 2016 | By: Richard Caven
Good habits should be instilled early in life. However, a bad dietary habit that many people - especially children - succumb to is one that consists of high sugar intake. Now that's not to say that sugar-rich foods aren't OK to give to your children on special occasions and in moderation, but The Food and Drug Administration advises all Americans ages 3 and up to consume no more than 12 teaspoons (50 grams) of added sugar per day.
Why? High sugar intake is associated with a lot of health risks, including metabolism effects, weight gain and possible cardiovascular issues - and that's not even taking into consideration tooth decay and the destruction of tooth enamel.
With that in mind, just how do you cut down on your child's sugar intake so they aren't exceeding the recommended daily allotment? Here's a look at a few tips:
It can be difficult to cut back on your child's sugar intake, especially if they've grown accustomed to certain drinks, snacks or foods. However, it should be done, as high-sugar foods and drinks are best consumed in moderation or as special treats.
For more information on the health impact of regularly consuming too much sugar on a daily basis, and for more ways to reduce it from your child's diet, contact Caven Dental today.
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