Most parents would love to have an ounce of their child’s energy. Science supports the fact that children under the age of 7 years do have more energy than older children and adults. Some researchers attribute it to their deep breathing pattern, which is more effective at oxygenating cells, and others to a child’s ability to live in-the-moment, not distracted by anxiety, worry or regret. What happens when the already-energized child consumes caffeine?
Sugar is a hot health topic. Many of us are aware of its health effects and links to a number of diseases, but what about the effects on kids and their eating habits?
This is a topic that comes up frequently in our Pediatric Fitness Clinic. The American Heart Association recommends middle school age children have about 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar in their diets daily. On average though, kids in this age group get about 30 teaspoons!
Even though we know as parents that we should limit our kids’ sugar intake, it can be easier said than done. Sugar is everywhere. In yogurt, granola bars, breakfast cereal, juice – many of the “staples” of a child’s diet. Add to that the birthday treats at school or ice cream treats following a soccer game, not to mention just about every holiday celebration, and it can seem daunting. But does sugar deserve the bad rep it has and is there such a thing as a “healthier” sugar?