Wellness - Nutrition | 3-9 yrs

How Much Sugar Should Children Have?

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Children love sugar and everything that is sweetened using it. In the past few decades, confectionery has become one of the biggest businesses in the world due to the same reason. But, it is a proven fact that excess sugar is harmful for health. In spite of this, everything from toffees to chocolates to candies that are full of sugar, are sold in the market. It is also quite shocking to see the way people are feeding their children with these sugary products even after knowing their side-effects on a child’s health.

Children are known to consume an extra quantity of sugar than what their body needs. This is mainly due to consumption of these confectioneries and other products containing artificial sweeteners. A popular phenomenon known as sugar rush which results in anxiety, increased blood pressure, restlessness and hyperactivity, and is caused as a result of consumption of excess sugar is known to affect millions of children on a regular basis.

Teaching your child about the harmful effects of these sugary products and how they affect his health is the primary step towards building sugar-controlled habits in him. It is also important to understand that parents can be strict with their children in avoiding excessive sugar, to save them from health complications that may arise in the future. On an average, preschoolers should consume about 4tbsps and children aged 4 to 8yrs should consume 3tbsps of sugar on a daily basis. But with the increasing habit of consuming confectioneries on a more frequent basis, children consume much more sugar than what is needed by their body.

According to an article titled Daily Intake of Sugar – How Much Sugar Should You Eat Per Day?, published in Authoritynutrition.com, “If you are overweight, obese, diabetic or suffering from the western diet in any way, then you should probably avoid sugar as much as possible.”

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