A Creative Way to Teach Your Kids to Make Good Food Choices
Sugar intake is one of the top issues facing young people in America, especially when it comes to weight and dental health. How can you teach your kids how much sugar is in certain foods in a way that is fun and memorable?
Using Sugar Cubes to Create a Visual Impact
An inexpensive visual aid can be a bag of sugar cubes. Show your child how much sugar is in some of their favorite snacks by stacking the cubes. Most kids don’t realize that their medium soda from a fast food restaurant has 44 grams of sugar (about 11 sugar cubes).
To discourage energy drinks, you can show that a 12-ounce can of Red Bull has 37 grams of sugar – approximately 9 sugar cubes. That’s more than a 12-ounce soda.
Breakfast cereal is another culprit when it comes to high sugar content. For example, a serving of Honey Smacks contains about 4 sugar cubes worth of sugar in a single serving (and most kids will pour far more than that into a bowl).
Finally, show how much sugar is in a popular candy bar like Snickers. It would take 5 sugar cubes to equal the sugar content in one normal size bar. Giant size candy bars will contain even more sugar.
If you want to choose your own examples, just remember that a sugar cube is 4 grams of sugar. Then you just have to divide the amount of sugar by 4 to determine the number of sugar cubes in each item.
Helping Kids Prevent Tooth Decay in San Diego
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we want kids to avoid tooth decay and learn how to care for their teeth properly. That includes understanding proper nutrition and why high sugar items need to be avoided. To schedule a checkup or emergency visit for your kids, call 619-741-1500 today.