In this matter, it is very important to preserve the golden mean: not to deprive the child of what he needs, but at the same time not to make him a sweet tooth with a set of associated diseases.
Many people know that an excess of sugar can lead to the development of food allergies, diabetes, obesity and caries, but does this mean that you should completely eliminate sweets from the child’s diet?
Irina Gracheva, pediatrician, child nutrition consultant: “Let’s clearly distinguish between the notions of“ sweetness ”and“ necessary carbohydrates ”,“ necessary level of sugar ”. The usefulness of sugars in specific conditions: for example, on the eve of the exam, during brain storms, during illness — more than obvious. Not for nothing, for example, in case of poisoning, a sweet drink is recommended — it is healing in nature.
But note that the necessary sugars and glucose can be obtained not only from cakes, chocolate bars and cakes.
All this in less concentration is in vegetables and fruits, which are clearly more useful for a growing organism. I believe that the sweet in the child’s diet should be sweet, no! ”
What sweets are healthier?
But what to do if the child is already addicted to sweets? Pediatricians recommend to give preference to chocolate: it contains potassium and other elements that have a good influence on the work of the body.
In addition, there are antioxidants in chocolate that improve immunity and metabolism.
Ice cream can also be considered useful, but only if it is made from high-quality products.
The main criterion — the lack of vegetable fat!
Another option is honey, which is easily digested due to the glucose and fructose contained in it.
In addition, honey has healing properties: helps with bronchitis, prolonged cough and inflammation of the tonsils, improves sleep, improves blood composition, has antibacterial and antiallergic properties.
How to comply with the measure?
Candies, cakes, pastries should not be associated only with the holiday, otherwise the child will constantly be drawn to them in order to raise their spirits.
Tell your child about the harm this or that sweet can do.
Teach your child to brush their teeth after sweets: at a minimum — this is useful, as a maximum — some children do not like this procedure very much, which means that they may even refuse sweets.
Do not leave sweets in sight, so as not to tease children.
Cultivate fruit in your family.
Let instead of sweets in the kitchen is a basket with bright, colorful, juicy fruits.
The best argument is a personal example, especially for children who, voluntarily or unwittingly, model the behavior of parents.
If you are not a sweet tooth, then children are less concerned about the value of sweet food.
Oksana Lipatova, psychologist: “I absolutely agree that parents should set an example of correct behavior.
Moreover, there are statistics, according to which it can be said with complete confidence that the sweet tooth parents have sweet teeth, too.
This is logical and logical.
Think of your own diet in this way: “Would you like my child to eat the same way I did?” And if the answer is no, immediately adjust your diet, because you will take care of your health and your baby’s health «.
Natalia, 37 years old: “I, like many parents, were very calm about the fact that my Katya loves cakes.
We bought them for her birthday and family celebrations, and for the New Year. It is such a joy to see your child smile, hug and thank for such simple happiness! Then my husband and I noticed that, for her age, Katya was very full, and we decided to limit the number of cakes.
And then we started having problems: Katya was crying, offended, asking for sweets.
I explained how we could do it to make it better.
Did not help.
And once my friend offered to go to a psychologist.
So, the psychologist told us that for a child the sweet became an indicator of our love and care: “They bought me a cake — they love me.
They gave me a package of sweets — they love me, take care of me, they need me. ”
And as soon as we began to limit Katya, it seemed to her that we were pushing her away, she was guilty of something, and what was not clear to her, the daughter became nervous and demanded attention to herself.
As a result, we just began to show love differently: we recorded her as a dance group, where she really wanted to go, in the evenings we began to walk with her, it turned out that she really enjoyed going for a walk before going to bed with her whole family in our park. «.
According to the recommendations of pediatricians, the daily intake of sugar for children 1 year — 30 g per day, 2-3 years — 35 g, 3-6 — 40 g, 7-10 years — 50 g. The average daily rate of sugar for an adult is not more than 80 g