Healthy Children - July 2018

Family Time

Newsletter from Parent Help Line at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital

Decrease the Amount of Sugar in Your Family’s Diet

Many American families eat too much sugar. It is not healthy. Parents know that desserts, cereals, candy and soda contain large amounts of sugar. What they may not know is that sugar is also added to foods that seem healthy.

Yogurt, breads, granola, and cereal bars include added sugar. Even soup, pasta sauce and canned fruit may contain extra sugar. Children between the ages of 2 and 18 should consume less than 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams of added sugar a day.

  1. Make sweets a special treat.
  2. Avoid sugary drinks. Drink water and low-fat milk instead.
  3. Read food labels. Learn which products contain added sugar like fructose. Dextrose and corn syrup.
  4. Eat less processed foods.
  5. Eats more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Making healthy changes takes time. Do not give up. Your small steps will lead to healthy eating for life.