Monica Cidem, a leading expert in Child Education revealed, “It’s time we separate fact from fiction, and myths from truths. The real story here is there are too many children who are obese and too many parents who still do not know what amounts of sugar are in foods, even ones that are considered healthy. Parents and carers need to know what Foods Are High In Sugar so as not to be feeding them to their children on a regular basis.
As proof, Monica Cidem asks parents and carers to consider these three areas before deciding on what to give children to eat.
• Sugar is the essential fuel that powers all cells in our body — however, excess levels have been linked with raised levels of the hormone insulin, which increases the risk of diabetes. Furthermore, the body turns excess sugar into fat, which is stored around the major organs, placing us at risk of liver and heart disease. There are also fears that high sugar diets may promote some cancers. The theory is that glucose, one of the main ingredients in added sugar, creates repeated spikes of insulin.
• You can get an idea of whether a food is high in added sugars by looking at the ingredients list. Added sugars must be included in the ingredients list, which always starts with the biggest ingredient. This means that if you see sugar near the top of the list, you know the food is likely to be high in added sugars. Watch out for other words that are used to describe added sugars, such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, hydrolysed starch and invert sugar, corn syrup and honey.
• Many parents feed their children cereal in the morning, believing that it is healthy. All cereals other than oats, shredded wheat, mini-wheats and the like are very high in sugar. Children should be eating a nutritious, high protein meal in the morning to sustain their energy throughout the day. Foods that are high in sugar should be avoided in the mornings.
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Monica Cidem is the author of a trusted authority on Children’s Health. She has been recognised by Children’s services for being an expert on this topic and has spoken to thousands on such topics as Child discipline, Child Health and Child education. Monica Cidem is a member of the DEC and headquartered in Sydney, Australia and has assisted thousands of families within her career.