Candy: How Much Is Too Much?

October 3rd, 2018

Welcome to the month of candy! That’s right, it’s…. HALLOWEEN! Ok, majority of us living here rarely partake in the tradition of Trick-Or-Treating. But with the season filling this month up, it’s only wise to monitor the candy intake of your children. The focus here isn’t for this month, it’s for every month. Is constantly catching your children munching on candy getting on your last nerve? With candy getting in the way of breakfast, lunch and suppertime, it’s time you put a stop to it! Well, not really a stop to it but to set a timetable to when is an appropriate time to be munching on the “sugar devils”.

There’s nothing more stressful than managing a child with sugar rush whilst doing the 101 things that’s required of you. Trust us, we’ve been there, and it’s no easy task. However sweet and easy to munch on candies may be, too much of anything isn’t good for you. Especially when it comes to growing children—the children of our future. As adults, it is rooted in us to know when enough is enough. Therefore, it is crucial for us to be keeping an eye out for our little ones in fear of over-indulgence.

Did you know too much of sugar could lead to cough, cold and allergies? As said by Dr. Julie L. Wei, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla, the most common effects of sugar within children are cold-like symptoms. Despite these symptoms being caused by sugar, doctors often mistake it for allergy symptoms. Scary, huh?

Another common occurrence are croup and acid reflux. Ever noticed a seemingly healthy looking child running around only for his/her’s play time to be interrupted with a barking cough and breathing difficulties? And in some cases, a child vomiting out whatever’s left of the digested candy? Whilst this is often caused by chocolate or chocolate milk, consumption of either of the two should be monitored. The combination of dairy and sugar takes longer to digest and is highly acidic hence, causing problems with a child’s stomach and immune system.

Here are a few tips from us to help curb the sugar intake within your little ones:

Swap sugar—as parents we are programmed to give in to our little ones. Well, here’s a sure win idea for both parents and kiddos. These little smarty pants know what they want and will manipulate their way through to get it. An easy way to get them to enjoy a ‘sweet treat’ is by freezing plain Greek yoghurt and topping it up with fresh fruit. This way, instead of an unhealthy cone of ice-cream, they still get to enjoy to sweetness yet remain healthy.

Cut down on the packet juices and liquid sugar—that’s right. Despite these pesky store-bought juices stating that they’re ‘100% juice’ or ‘no sugar added’, it doesn’t mean they’re always healthy. That and soft drinks. You can start a change by offering water with added berries or citrus for added flavour or freshly squeezed juices if they’re craving for something sweet.

Take it slow – slowly introduce drastic changes onto your child’s diet as these changes may not be openly accepted. Explain to them the dangers of sugar and why it has to be consumed in moderation. Remember a healthy child is a happy child!

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