Our children are brought up to believe that sugar and sweets are a reward for excellent behavior or a method to mark a special occasion, which contributes to the global epidemic of sugar addiction.
As a result, the birthday cakes are the most significant element of a birthday celebration, our holiday tables are laden with sweets, and simply consider the entirety of the Easter celebration with its chocolate bunnies or the Halloween celebration with its trick-or-treating.
Grace Cooper, a mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, chose to adopt the Paleo diet in place of refined sugar, dairy, grains, and processed foods.
Her dinner consists of organic chicken and veggies, while her breakfast consists of carrots, roasted sweet potatoes, eggs in coconut oil, steamed broccoli, a quarter of an avocado, and a tablespoon of sauerkraut.
Grace’s mother, Shan, asserts that Grace has a very robust immune system because of which she has only experienced one cold thus far. But she insists that even though she will continue to mentor Grace when she gets older, she won’t make her stick to this diet.
Despite its high sugar content, baby food is loaded with chemicals, sodium, preservatives, lead, and fluoride, all of which can seriously harm a child’s or toddler’s health.
However, since a baby’s taste buds are still growing and delicate, there is no need to feed them processed meals because they can get all the sugar they need from an organic source.
Despite misleading labelling, a lot of baby foods contain a lot of sugar. In particular, the fruits and vegetables are heated to extremely high temperatures before being delivered to companies that make baby food, where they are boiled down to remove the majority of the nutrients, leaving only the high sugar content.
Consider the nutritional profiles of two 71-gram servings of commercial banana puree and a real, mashed banana, for example:
*Sugar: 8.7 grams (naturally occurring )
Sodium: < 1 milligram
Fiber: 1.8 grams
Earth’s Best 1st Bananas
*Sugar: 12 grams
Sodium: 20 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram
*4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar
Gerber 1st Foods Banana Purée
*Sugar: 13 grams
Sodium: 5 milligrams
Fiber: < 1 gram
According to Dr. Svetlana Pomerantes, MD, “Let’s start by looking at American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations when it comes to the safe amount of sugar our kids can ingest. Less than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day is recommended by the revised recommendations for children ages 2 to 18. That includes consuming no more than 8 ounces of beverages with added sugar per week. I tell parents to study product labels, look for “sugar,” and do the math because 1 teaspoon is equal to 4 grams of sugar.
The worst sugars are found in processed meals, sports drinks, soda, desserts, and fruit juice, she continues. Fruit juice shouldn’t be consumed right away because it is not nutritious.
Likewise, according to DO Dr. Edward Gaydos:
Children under the age of two shouldn’t consume any sugar at all, and while eating is enjoyable, that enjoyment should be focused on satifying hunger and spending time with loved ones. Children are unable to make a healthy diet decision. Adults, however, can and should do so immediately away.
You should make an effort to reduce your child’s consumption of refined sugars because it is highly addicting and causes type 2 diabetes and obesity. Here are some helpful tips: