In a world where sugar is found in virtually everything— milk, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, bread— it can be hard to escape it. And although sweet treats are fun to have on occasion, if you have started to notice that your house has more sugar in it than you care to admit, consider getting both you and your kids off of sugar for healthier smiles and bodies. From talking about it to replacing sugar with healthier alternatives, this article will discuss three ways that you can get your child off of processed sugar. Read on to learn more.
Talk About It
Your child likely doesn’t know that if they eat too much sugar, they are more likely to develop things like diabetes, cavities, and even obesity. By talking about how damaging sugar can be, they will have a better understanding as to why you are getting it out of your house. Additionally, when talking about sugar, make sure you distinguish between sucralose (cane sugar) and fructose ( the sugar found in fruit). By understanding that there are some healthy sugars, your child may be able to make more educated decisions when deciding on what to eat.
Get It Out of Your House
If you have a bunch of candy, cookies, and other sugar-filled treats laying around your house, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. When getting your child off of sugar, make sure to empty your pantry and the rest of your house of these treats. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
Rather than replacing your child’s chocolate chip cookies with something like broccoli, try to find healthier substitutes. For instance, try giving your child all-natural sugar-free peanut butter and apple slices.
By eliminating the sugar in your child’s diet, you can protect them from developing physical and dental issues. To learn more about dental tips for your family or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. John T. Green today.