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5 Ways Sugar Affects Your Child's Health

Is your child consuming too much sugar? It is reported that many of our children consume 16 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of calories from added sugar that comes from sweetened drinks and snacks such as cookies and chocolates.

Sugar can reduce a child’s immunity as the body’s microbiome balance of good bacteria is disrupted. The trillions of good bacteria that help the body break down food, produce vitamins and protect it from illnesses is reduced when children consume excessive sugar. Here are the 5 other ways sugar affects your child’s health.

  1. It increases the risk of tooth decay
  2. It causes weight gain that leads to obesity
  3. It increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  4. It contributes to hyperactivity and restlessness
  5. It decreases attention span and ability to focus

Did you know?
Reducing your child’s sugar intake may help reduce symptoms of runny nose, excessive mucus, cough and sinus conditions as cold-like symptoms are one of the most common effects of sugar.

Help Your Child Reduce Sugar Intake
Regardless of whether your child displays health condition symptoms, the ‘World Health Organization proposed new draft guidelines recommending that only 5 percent of the total daily calories in our diets should come from sugar.’ 

3 Things You Can Do

#1 Change snacking habit
Reduce the number of snack you give your child as the sugar can hide in unsuspecting foods like processed cookies, cereal bars and even pre-packaged oatmeal packs.

#2 Introduce healthier food
As you reduce the number of snacks, it is important to complement it with exposing your child and training your child to develop a taste bud that is less inclined to crave for sweet and sugary things. Learn to make healthy soups and foods with less sugar.

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#3 Opt for healthier options
Read labels and choose food products with reduced sugar content. Vitagen Less Sugar is an excellent choice when it comes to choosing a cultured milk drink for your child. Its unique formula combines with benefits of live probiotic cultures helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system and prebiotic fibre helps to support the growth of good bacteria in the intestines.