Did you know the average adult American consumes close to 130 pounds of sugar a year? Did you also know that children as young as 1-3 years old typically consume around 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day, according to the National Cancer Institute? That’s wild right? Many scientist actually think this sugar consumption may be a leading reason for obesity and diabetes.
But where can all this sugar be coming from? Its not like the average American is eating Little Debbie snacks for every meal of the day.
Well, sugar has many disguises. It can be called corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice etc. And a lot of those sugars are added to fruit juices, sports drinks, and of course sodas. Additionally, the added sugars and enhanced flavors may taste good, but they don’t quench thirst, so it leaves the body wanting more. And that my friend, is a major way to rack up your sugar points!
Here’s a possible solution:
Of course water is the best option, but we need a little spice in our kids lives right!!??! Try freshly squeezed juices, or a juice that has minimal ingredients, AKA, just the fruit! Now, juice should be a luxury not the norm! So if your babe is not a water fan, try serving water with lemon, cucumber, or oranges, with no sugar and a fancy glass. Make them think they’re drinking “mommy juice” with mommy. LOL! It works like a charm!
A mom named Ama