Sugar hides in your child’s diet both at home and in nurseries. One example is the average little kids fromage frais contains as much as one teaspoon of sugar. That’s a third of their recommended daily allowance.
Sugar affects brain function, blood sugar, weight, and energy Levels
Sugar is ADDICTIVE, so starting on high sugar diets sets bad habits.
What is the right amount for your child?
Children under 2 shouldn’t be consuming any sugar.
Where is sugar hiding?
As an example, here are a couple of commonly used early years foods and drinks that are high in sugar.
1 teaspoon = 5 grams
|SUGAR||% RDA child over 2 years|
|Fromage Frais||6.1g SUGAR per pot||44%|
|Baby egg custard with rice||8.8g SUGAR per 125g pot||58%|
|Custard||11.5g SUGAR per 100g serving||76%|
|Cereal bar||15g SUGAR per bar||100%|
|Blackberry squash||30.24g SUGAR per 288ml carton||200%|
|Coca Cola||39g SUGAR per 355 ml can||260%|
We cannot differentiate in every item, which types of sugars the ingredients contain. However sugar can come in many forms such as the following:
Fructose, Galactose, Glucose, Lactose: Maltose, Sucrose, Xylose, Beet sugar, Blackstrap molasses, Brown sugar, Buttered syrup, Cane juice crystals, Cane sugar, Caramel, Carob syrup, Castor sugar, Coconut sugar, Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar), Date sugar, Demerara sugar, Evaporated cane juice, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Golden syrup, Grape concentrate, Honey, Icing sugar, Invert sugar, Maple syrup, Molasses, Muscovado sugar, Refiner’s syrup, Sorghum syrup, Sucanat, Treacle sugar.
By law, food manufacturers are required to list ingredients by order of amount, which is why many use a variety of different types of sugars, so that they can squeeze larger amounts in without appearing to do so.
Reduce the sugar in your child’s diet. Look at the label and where sugar comes, if it tastes sweet, the chances are it has added sugar in it!
If you have a child who has a taste for highly processed, sugary foods they may struggle to give them up. It is important to bear this in mind when making changes, as it may take time for them to adjust. One way of doing this would be to reduce the sugar slowly and over time so they get use to less sweetness without noticing, and substitute with natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.