“ My little world! ” exclaims every mother when they hold their bundle of joy in their arms!
Isn’t it the most beautiful feeling ever? You see your bundle of joy growing and you do everything to make your child healthy! While I was working in the pedo department (That’s what I call my pediatric department duty as! ), 2 things which amazed me was kids being exposed to screen and kids being exposed to sweets! Screen everyone can understand but why did I say exposed to sweets?
“ Sit quietly at one place, don’t disturb the doctor only then I will give you a chocolate”
“ If you sit and study today I’ll get you ice cream”
I was a little shocked, because when I was a baby my mom never bribed me like this (Kidding!). I love chocolate, I love icecream and I will never want to leave that but it’s important for parents to understand that these small things later turn into habits and becomes their way of living. I can see it coming, but the mother couldn’t. It’s becoming a habit, he is getting addicted to sugar, he might be inviting DIABETES in near future. Sugar addiction is a serious problem.
“ Doctor, my child doesn’t listen to me that’s why I have to give him chocolate so that he keeps quite”
But I’ll say that find another way, so that your child listens to you. Adults get addicted to different things, children get addicted to sugar faster than you can imagine. Sugary foods have absolutely no nutritional benefits, call them as EMPTY CALORIES! Soft drinks, chocolates, candies, packaged fruit juices, energy drinks, energy powders, baby foods are loaded with extra sugar to enhance its flavour and preserve it for a longer period of time. That’s why we crave for something sweet and not random vegetables!
Unlike type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is largely influenced by the type of lifestyle you live and sugar addiction plays a very important role. Research shows that every 1 in 4 children is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a very early age. Common thread between all the children is obesity and sugar addiction is most common cause of obesity.
Obesity is the most common symptom of sugar addiction but there are other symptoms which you need to notice and be alert which are as follows :
It’s important for you to know your child’s meal plan in and out. Processed sugar can be in anything that your child eats. It can be in the cereals, juices, packaged foods. To make sure that your child doesn’t get a sugar addiction, you may need to reframe your child’s meal plan.
Also Read: 11 Healthy Food Recipes For Toddlers
Few examples of natural health mixes:
– Sprouted ragi powder
– Elaichi powder
– Sattu powder
Try out some amazing recipes to give your child a healthy sweet pleasure without any adverse effects!
● 2 tbsps chia seeds
● 1 tbsp of organic honey
● 2 tsp lemon juice
● Combine the chia seeds, organic honey, lemon juice and 2 cups of water in a jar and mix well.
● Cover and keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.
● Just before serving, stir and drink.
Also read: Are Strawberries Safe For Babies?
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