In the US, the magic number is 125 pounds of sugar a year or something to the effect of 46 spoons of sugar a day. Wow that’s a lot. As yummy as sugar is, it is devoid of any nutrients and is the root cause for a host of health related problems. For a very long time, I thought that if you ate sugar directly in your coffee or cereal that was the only way to consume sugar, but I forgot the hidden sugar in so many products around us. There’s a lot of sugar in milk, or sweet potatoes, or bananas.
So what products should you limit your child’s exposure to?
In addition to the usual, soda, cakes and candy. Here’s a list of things you should try to minimize or completely avoid in your child as well as your diet.
• Fruit juice
• Sports drinks
• Pre-sweetened drink mixes
• “White” carbohydrates (white bread, potatoes, white pasta, etc.)
• Condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, sweet relish, etc.)
• Fruit flavored yogurt
• Corn sweeteners and foods flavored with corn syrup
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Sweet potatoes (are high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation)
• Bananas (high in sugar and should be avoided by those with blood sugar problems)
• Certain baby foods have high levels of refined sugar
• Breakfast cereals
• Ice cream
• Pancake syrup
• Pre-made baked goods
• Jams and jellies
• Honey (considered by nutritionists to be harmful to long term health)
• Prepackaged and processed foods