Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thoughts on Food #2: Kid's Sugar Intake



When the little kids moved in they were on a NO Sugar diet. What does that mean... NO SUGAR at all! Did this bother me... not in the least? I've shared why I don't eat sugar and I've always claimed to my husband that I want to be strict with our kids sugar intake because I {and therefore my kids} have a high risk of diabetes.

Why it's a good thing to limit your kid’s sugar intake:

1) Research I've found has shown how kids diagnosed with ADD ADHD etc. who were taken off their medication didn't show the symptoms once refined sugars were reduced in their diet. {I'm not against meds good grief I would have to throw out my Tylenol and I definitely need those sometimes. However, IF the issue could be solved by eating a certain way, {and sometimes it can} why not :)!?

2) Sugar doesn't increase energy {only for a short time} it actually zaps it! Hasn’t everyone seen this, and isn’t this the running joke after a class party or Halloween? Yes, the kids will have a strong bout of energy {also at this time unable to focus on anything} but, it is not long lived and the child will soon become easily irritated and frustrated.

3) Sugar depletes your immune system. I can't quote this because I heard it on a health show... but, if you drink a can of soda it will deplete your immune system for 6 hours!

4) It's easy to substitute. Splenda can be switched spoonful by spoonful {it measures the same}. However, you do need to be careful how many artificial sweeteners you are allowing into your body as well {another post, another time).

5) Large amounts of sugar = obesity in children which = diseases/sickness.

6) According to American Heart Association, "Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse healthy conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients."

Do you limit your kid's intake of sugar? Have you noticed a difference in your kids when they have excessive amounts of sugar?


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6 comments:

  1. Hi. I have noticed when I've limited the sugars. Recently I've started juicing - because they love to drink juice - and now they are getting veggies in their juice and they just love it. I feel like I'm doing something good for them - and me!

    Mostly, I'm trying not to pass on the sugar addiction that runs in the family. It's a little bit difficult, but getting easier to do.

    We have a warm fuzzy jar and if they trade in candy - they get warm fuzzies. When their fuzzy pot is full - they can go some place fun like swimming or to a theme park.

    So when you let them choose - it goes much easier.

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  2. Marcie,

    I want to thank you for your article on the right hand side, "Not Wasting Your Homemaking." Every time I need to clean and I struggle with REALLY not wanting to (if I was a kid I'd have a tantrum on the floor lol), I go on here to read that post. I'm thinking about printing it out and puting it on my fridge!! It is so encouraging.

    Sometimes a homemaker needs to be reminded that keeping a clean home shows your family that you love them. Nevermind the fact that it's actually rewarding when it's done.

    So thank you!!!

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  3. I have a 4 year old, who we are adopting. He is extremely hyperactive, and from the moment we got him (April 2010), we have limited his sugars excessively. It works. He craves sugars, and loves yogurts and eats fresh veggies, which is more than I can say about many friends, who feed their kids whatever and rarely get nutrition.

    I'm not saying he doesn't get candy...it's a treat when he does. But my husband & I don't eat/drink sugar b/c we are trying to lose weight (diabetes is inevitable for both of us if we don't). We also live by example, and our son rarely asks for stuff with sugar in it. His grandma even told me that he told her he couldn't drink "that stuff" at McDs "unless you put lots of water in it"...she laughed out loud...he probably won't do that when he gets a little older, but for now, he's thriving on it.

    We've also stuck our necks out at public places (like school and church) and asked that they not serve treats with sugar or high fructose corn syrup (which is even worse than sugar). Fruit snacks are some of the worst things we can actually give our kiddos. People are responding well, and no one has been upset. I help provide healthy things, and they are getting more healthy snacks the more we talk about it.

    Thanks for the post. Good stuff.

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  4. My husband and I are strict on sugar in our household. As a result my children have no problem sitting still during story time, or on a several hour plane ride. My kids never fight or argue with each other either. As soon as we go to grandmas for a couple of days and the diet is higher in sugar/processed foods their behavior change to the worse..

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  5. We limit our children's sugar as well. They do get treats but on a day to day basis their sugar comes from fruit. And a large majority of their treats are things that I make homemade so I can monitor the amount that goes in!

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  6. I just recently found your blog. I'm excited to read more! We have limited our children's sugar intake since the beginning. Family members complain, try to sneak, and just don't understand (that is until they see the kids after a piece of watermelon...). I was raised different, so sometimes I want to give my kids what everybody else is having. But I know it's best for them to learn to deal without sugar dependencies. This is very helpful, and I hope I can keep up as my children go to school and grow up...

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