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Childhood Obesity Prevention: The Effects of Sugar

Too much sugar is not good for our children, yes of course we know that. But did you know the effects that too much sugar has on the body? Sugar is an addictive substance which means the more you have of it the more you want it. It also has negative effects upon the body when consumed in large quantities. There are several things that you can do to prevent childhood obesity as it relates to sugar.

The first thing you can do is be aware of the many forms that sugar comes in and the many different names it is called. Doing this will make you aware of all of the kinds of products your child is consuming that has sugar so you can cut back on these products or totally eliminate them. The names of processed sugars are Nutra Sweet which contains aspartame, cane juice, corn syrup,sucralose(Splenda tm), Equal, Spoonful and Equal Measure.

Aspartame has been linked with being a carcinogen meaning to be cancerous. Definitely do not have your child consume products that has this as an ingredient.

Once you are aware you can begin to make better choices and begin to put into practice ways that you can transistion into better foods. Here are some sugar alternatives that taste good and are better for you. Stevia, a natural herb that is 100 times sweeter than regular sugar. The great thing about Stevia is that anyone can use it, whether you have your child on a low carb diet or they have diabetes, Stevia is suitable. It doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar like regular sugar and has a nourishing effect on the body. Agave syrup, comparable to honey. Rice syrup, Date Paste, Fruit Juice Concentrates, Barley Malt Syrup and Honey are some other alternatives. You can find these items in your local health food store.

You can also begin to substitue more fruit for your children. You can use fresh, frozen or canned, with fresh being your first choice. You can put the fruit in smoothies or plain or juice them in a juicer.

Lastly, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Get as much fresh air and sun light as possible and do vigorous movement for at least an hour a day. The movement and physical activity do not have to take place all at the same time. These practices will help offset the consumption of sugar that just can’t be helped.

Try it and let me know your experiences. If you have any experiences you’d like to share leave a comment below.

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One Response to “Childhood Obesity Prevention: The Effects of Sugar”

  1. It’s a scary state we are in – with such a high proportion of children and adults obese. You point out well the many faces of sugar – some very dangerous and others more desirable. Sugars are found in so many of our food products that we really need to read the labels very carefully. Good post!

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