It is important to remember that ‘Sugar-free’ is not the same thing as healthy.
The best option overall is to help kids establish healthy eating habits centred on whole foods and minimal added sugar for long-term success.
There is strong evidence showing that lower intake of added sugars is associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease in adults, and moderate evidence for reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancers in adults, according to research.
How much exactly is one gram of sugar? 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. So 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to approximately 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.
We have put together some tips to help minimise added sugar intake for your family:
* Make water or milk your Number 1 beverage of choice for kids.
* Check food labels and choose items that contain less than 10 grams of sugar per serving.
* Add fruit to whole grain cereal or oatmeal for natural sweetness, instead of buying sugary cereals.
* Swap white sugar in baked goods for:
– Honey, which contains antioxidants;
– Maple syrup, which provides potassium;
– Agave (one of our favourites), which contains trace amounts of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.