My son’s just completed another year around the sun! ☀️ We celebrated by hanging out by the beach, drawing airplanes on the sand (his favorite), chasing birds, having a nutritious lunch and some @coconutbliss
dark chocolate ice cream.
On that 🍫/ 🍰/ 🍭 topic and as a dietitian, I try to avoid giving my kids sweets on a regular basis, and instead leave it for special occasions. The reason being is that sugar is very addicting. It can be even more on developing brains. Little ones are also in dire need for nutritious foods for growth and development and are developing taste preferences. I don’t want a sugary treat to fill them up and leave them with no appetite for a banana or for a banana to no longer be sweet enough for them. Also, sugar is ubiquitous nowadays, most processed food marketed to children contains a substantial amount of sugar already. On average, children (2-18 y/o) in the US are consuming ~ 19 teaspoons of added sugar daily, and per the American Heart Association (AHA), children should have no more than ~ 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. For reference, every 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.
The recommended limit on sugar intake comes from the link between high sugar intake early in life and obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. .
To conclude, try to avoid foods with added sugars by providing foods high in nutrition, such as fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds and lean meats. And If you want your little one to partake in eating sweets, wait until your baby is at least 2 y|o to offer sweets and offer it on very special occasions. ❤️
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