First of all, it should be noted that for both adults and children, the consumption of sugar can be very harmful to health and cause diseases such as diabetes, obesity and other cardiovascular conditions.
In both adults and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total calorie consumption, also adding that, if the reduction is made below 5%, there would be additional health benefits.
The importance of instilling good eating habits in children so that they have stable health
It is very important to instill in children from an early age about good eating habits. Sugar is everywhere because of this, professionals are creating more and more awareness about how sugar is an addictive substance. According to medical recommendations, the daily intake of sugar in children from 1 to 3 years should be a maximum of about 17 grams of sugar per day.
Sugar in children's diet can cause problems that affect the metabolism, heart, teeth and even the child's school performance.
Some of the problems derived from the consumption of sugar in the children's diet:
-Increases cholesterol and triglycerides.
-It causes obesity because it increases the caloric intake. This is the main problem affecting children in developed countries.
-It can cause diabetes, the second most common chronic disease in childhood.
-It has no nutritional value as it lacks vitamins and minerals
-Raise blood pressure
-May cause pancreatic damage
-Favors the appearance of dental cavities.
-Hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.
-Lack of concentration.
In addition, something very important must be taken into account. Like many drugs, sugar causes a release of dopamine in the brain, which can cause people who take it to lose control over their consumption and start taking it in high amounts.
Some natural alternatives to replace sugar
Rice honey: It is made from whole grain moti rice. It is a natural preservative for fruits, nuts or cereal grains and the energy it provides is gradual. There is no need to worry about sudden increases in blood glucose.
Molasses: it is a viscous liquid similar to honey but a little darker than it is obtained from sugar cane. It is rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, some vitamins, and some fiber. Note that its contribution of simple sugars is not suitable for diabetics.
Ground Stevia: It is extracted from a plant called Stevia rebaudiana. It has high sweetening power, it is natural and does not provide calories, ideal! It is suitable for diabetics and an excellent sweet option from the nutritional point of view.
Arropes: they are common in the communities of northern Argentina. It is a syrup made from the pulp and juice of fruits such as prickly pear, fig and carob. They are used to sweeten preparations and have the same calories as sugar.
Muscovado sugar: comes from sugar cane, unprocessed or refined. The consistency is like that of common sugar but with a dark color and a more intense flavor. Provides some fiber, minerals, vitamins A and complex B. It is not suitable for diabetics.
Agave Syrup or Syrup: Maple syrup is made from the sap of the leaves of the agave plant, native to Canada and the United States. Its consistency is similar to honey, it is dark in color and transmits this tone to the products that are made with it, especially desserts or baked goods (it is the typical topping of waffles in the United States).
Coconut sugar: It is extracted from the sap of the coconut palm tree, it is obtained by making an incision in the flower. It is subjected to high temperatures with which a large amount of water is evaporated and the end result is a sugar very similar to brown sugar. It has the same calories as table sugar but is low on the glycemic index.