If You Constantly Give Your Child Sugary Items, Read This
When was the last time you read the sugar content of a product before you gave it to a child?
Sugar is sweet and for many children they can't do without having a sugary drink each day.
Parents on their own see giving them sugary products as a way to make the child leave them alone since that soothes the child and makes peace reign.
That is a delicate decision and you will find out about how dangerous that is soon.
Public Health England (PHE) found that by the age of 10, your child could have already exceeded the maximum recommended amount of sugar for an 18-year-old person.
According to its finding, from ages of 2 to 10, children in the U.K. consume about 32 more grams of added sugars per day than what is recommended.
This adds up to more than 11,200 grams of added sugars per year.
According to Public Health England, children 2 to 3 years old should not exceed 3 grams, less than the amount in a typical sugar packet, of added sugars per day.
Children aged 4 to 6 years old should not exceed 20 grams, and those aged 7 to 10 should not exceed 24 grams.
However, children consume about 52 grams – about 13 teaspoons – of added sugar per day.
PHE recommends parents swap out common sugary foods with low-sugar alternatives.
For instance it recommends that parents should replace a typical yogurt with a low-sugar one, and says this can reduce a child's sugar intake by 12 grams.
"Swapping a sugary juice drink for a no-added sugar drunk can reduce sugar intake from 8 grams to 2.
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Replacing a frosted or chocolate cereal with a healthier alternative could reduce added sugar intake by 10 grams.
Some health conditions like obesity, diabetes, tooth decay in children and other non communicable diseases could arise as a result of excess intake of sugar.
In Nigeria, it is easier for children to even exceed the recommended sugar intake and this is because parents do not take time to read the content of the product before they give it to their children.
Again, manufacturers do not write the quantity of sugar in a product and this hides the percentage of sugar in the drink.
Imagine a young person of 20 years coming down with the disease an individual that is over 35 or even 40 years should have. That alone is a sad thing.
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