5 Suggestions for Reducing Your Child’s Sugar Intake
Sugar is the arch enemy of health teeth and gums. Of course, that doesn’t mean your child has to live a desert-free existence with no sugar at all. They key is moderation, which is something the US, in general, is not good at when it comes to sugar. Here are 5 ways that you can cut down on sugars in the household.
No one wants to be the person in the grocery store who can’t add something to the cart without reading the label, but this isn’t about counting calories. Sometimes we are simply unaware of how much sugar is in processed food items. A good example would be most breakfast cereals. Look for keywords like corn syrup and fructose syrup.
Avoid Canned Fruit
Even canned fruit that is in light syrup has a lot of sugar added. Fresh fruit has plenty of sugar without the syrup added to these canned fruits. There are some exceptions such as canned fruits that are packed in 100% juice, but even the juice is likely to up the sugar content.
Replace Sodas with Water
A can of soda contains approximately the daily recommended allowance of sugar, so if a child has any soda at all, it should be a rare treat. Fruit juices are sugary enough, and they should only be an occasional drink. Instead of substituting with diet sodas that pose other health risks, you can provide your child a sweet substitute by making homemade iced tea with xylitol – a natural sugar substitute that is not harsh on teeth.
Fast Food Is the Worst
Sorry, but even the hamburger in a kid’s meal is likely to have sugar added. Everything from the soda that usually comes with fast food meals to the processed cheeses that are loaded up with extra sugar only serves to add extra enamel damaging content to every fast food meal. Pack lunches or find a healthier substitute when you’re out for the day. You may even want to send your kids to school with bagged lunches depending on how processed the meals are at your child’s school.
Use a Pediatric Dentist Focused on Prevention
We hope these tips can help your family break away from some of the extra sugars many consume without realizing it. This is just part of our commitment at BRSH+FLSS to helping children get the best start in dental healthcare so as to have a lifelong beautiful smile. To schedule an appointment and learn more about our preventative approach to pediatric dentistry call 619-741-1500.