It’s difficult enough to get children to eat healthy. In addition, so many things which are labeled as healthy, whole grain, or “high fructose corn syrup free,” but which are still full of corn syrup, sugar, and plenty of unhealthy products. Which ones have so much sugar? Read labels to discover them all, but here are a couple of things that aren’t as healthy for kids as you think!
With many granola bars touting whole grains, oatmeal, and soy proteins, they’ve got to be healthy, right? They’re certainly easier to give to a kid on the way to school! But according to Healthline, some of them can have 8, 12, or thirteen grams of sugar in them. If you prefer to give a bar to a kid for breakfast or snack, double check the amount of sugar, and choose the lowest you can find.
According to Stellar Kids, you should limit kids’ sugar intake to 6 to 8 ounces a day. This means fruit juice makes your life much more difficult! Both sugar and soda can have 26 grams of sugar per cup, which is a lot to hand over to a small one! Because even 100% fruit juice which is not a “juice cocktail” can have such extreme amounts of sugar, it’s important to halve juice with water, or perhaps find another drink altogether.
In the US, the average cup of yogurt is 5.5 ounces. This includes, though, more than 13-20 grams of sugar. This is a great deal of sugar, and, in fact, more than some ice creams! Greek yogurts did, on average, a great deal better on sugar content, being nearly half of the average of standard traditional brands. According to Yogurt In Nutrition, children’s brands of yogurts do tend to have less sugar than brands marketed to adults, against what many would assume.
It’s important to check labels when looking to lower sugar content in your family’s foods! Remember that although high fructose corn syrup is a concern, corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, glucose, and any other “ose” can mean sugar content! Sugar itself is not less healthy than using artificial sweeteners, but it’s also not good to have in large doses. Your job is to double check and see what you’re eating. Being aware of sugar content is helpful for both you and your kids. Even better, it helps reserve sugar as a treat, where it should be!
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