The Danger Of Sugary Food

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As a parent, it can be tempting to offer kids candy or other sugary treats as a reward or incentive. However, there are better ways to encourage good behavior. Fostering a healthy relationship with food includes separating emotions and environmental influences from eating decisions. Here’s how you can help children learn to listen to their internal hunger cues and enjoy balanced meals.

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Sugar Danger

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Too much sugar can result in several health conditions to your child such as:

  • Cavities

Each time the bacteria in your child’s mouth comes in contact with sugar, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth and eventually this process cause cavities. Although dental cavities is not life threatening, it can cause severe toothache and severe tooth decay which may result in the removal of the entire tooth.

  • Obesity

Sugary drinks and sweets are often high in calories. Calories are not inheritably bad as our body needs calories for energy. But eating too many calories — and not burning enough of them off through activity — can lead to weight gain. Children requires less calories compare to adults.

  • Poor Nutrition & Appetite

Sugar contains calories, but no nutrients. Filling up on sugary foods and drinks crowds out nutritious foods that children need for growth and development. Too many empty calories could even result in nutrition deficiencies that could impact a child’s health negatively.

Should Parents Avoid Sugar Entirely?

Not necessary, adequate consumption of sugar is still tolerable as the calories in sugar does provide energy for children. Consuming sugar in moderation is the key factor to ensure that your child is able to grow up healthily. To do so, parents can refer to the Malaysia’s dietary guideline for children and adolescents to find out what kind of food contains lower sugar.

How To Spot Hidden Sugar

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Foods that are marketed to children are often high in sugar. Added sugar is found in more obvious food products, like sodas, candy, sweetened cereals, and kuih. Sugar can also be hidden in seemingly nutritious granola bars, flavored yogurts, “healthy” cereals, pasta sauces and ketchup.

Learning to read food labels can help you spot added sugar in different products. Simple swaps like choosing unsweetened applesauce over sweetened products and picking fruit cups in juice or water rather those packed in syrup can help cut out unnecessary sugar.

Sugar comes in many different names. Check the ingredient list for the following words:

  • evaporated cane juice
  • corn syrup
  • sucrose
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • maltodextrin
  • corn syrup solids

Ideas For Healthier Options For Sweets & Desserts

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As much as we would try to avoid giving our children junk food, realistically it doesn’t seem fair to avoid giving them snacks and sweets entirely. Children can enjoy sugary food and drinks in small amounts as a ‘treat’ once in a while without impacting their health negatively.  Try these ideas to help your child eat less sugar:

  • Offer small portions of high sugar foods along with healthy foods. For example, top a small scoop of ice cream with fruit.
  • Mix sparkling water with freshly made juice to get that fizziness children like from soft drinks such as coca cola.
  • Add small amount of chocolate drink into your child’s milk.

Karihome Tablets – Healthy & Nutritious Snack

Karihome goat’s milk tablets is a nutritious snack that is rich in calcium, vitamin A and fortified with probiotics and prebiotics for children. While Karihome tablets does contain sugar namely lactose, a natural sugar present in goat milk and natural glucose, it does not contain artificial & processed sugar such as sucrose and corn syrup.

Karihome goat’s milk tablet comes in 5 different flavors and 4 unique flavor combination:

Karihome goat milk tables white – Original milk flavor and yogurt flavor

Karihome goat’s milk tablets berries – Strawberry flavor and blueberry flavor

Karihome goat’s milk tablets honeymelon – Honeymelon flavor

Karihome goats milk tablets surprise – Comes in all the flavors which include milk, yogurt, strawberry, blueberry and honeymelon.

 

While Karihome goat’s milk tablet is nutritious, we do recommend parents to limit their child’s daily intake of Karihome tablets to 10 pieces per day. Healthy eating for children can include some sugar as small amounts of sweet treats in their diet brings enjoyment to eating, but parents should be wise to choose the right kind of snacks for their children. With a little creativity, parents can make meals fun and help their children enjoy healthy eating with less sugar.

 

 

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