Got children with a sweet tooth? I often see children running around mall food courts, bakeries, and cake shops, rabid for anything chocolate, sugary, and sweet. And all too often, their parents struggle to keep these sugary delights out of their children’s little mouths. Can you relate?
Do you tend to give in to your children when they ask over and over again for a sweet dessert? If you are like most parents, you get pushed to your limits of being annoyed and decide your sanity is worth more than a little bit of sugar for your child. But we need to consider the harmful effects of allowing our children sugary treats. Keep reading to educate yourself on a few of the negative aspects of sugar.
In addition to these health problems, sugar can also have psychological effects as well. Some studies have shown a link between large consumptions of sugar and depression. Finally, sugar is a pleasure-inducing chemical for the brain, and these signals can lead your children to become addicted to sugar and sweets which, in turn, lead to the health problems mentioned previously.
All in all, sugar consumption can be a dangerous, and even deadly, cycle.
So, how do you satisfy your children when they crave something sweet? I am going to give you two methods:
I strongly encourage you to consider using the two methods above with your children if you want to lower your children’s sugar intake as well as health issues related to sugar consumption. In the end, your children will learn to be satisfied with less, and you will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with low sugar, yet sweet treats.
11 Ingredient Oreo Cake. September 2014. Purely Twins. http://purelytwins.com/2014/09/02/11-ingredient-oreo-cake-grain-egg-and-sugar-free/
Atwell, Ciara. Frozen Yogurt Bark. September 2014. My Fussy Eater. http://www.myfussyeater.com/frozen-yogurt-bark/
Thomas, Briana. Horsetracks Ice Cream. July 2014. Briana Thomas. http://www.briana-thomas.com/mock-moosetracks-ice-cream-s/
Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle. December 2012. Desserts with Benefits. https://dessertswithbenefits.com/apple-pie-blondies-with-brown-sugar-frosting/
Hughes, Lock. How Does too Much Sugar Affect Your Body? March 2017. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/how-sugar-affects-your-body Gunnars, Kris. 10 Reasons Why Sugar is Bad for You. September 2013. Healthline. http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad#section12
(No Sugar!) Cookie Dough Dip. September 2011. Chocolate Covered Katie. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/27/new-recipe-sugar-free-cookie-dough-dip/
The Best Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. May 2015. Chelsea’s Messy Apron. http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/the-best-healthy-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/
The Harmful Effects of Sugar. April 2017. Wellness Mama. https://wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugar/
Believe it or not, sugar cravings have been compared to drug addiction, in that giving up sugar can initially result in physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, and its hold on you is far more reaching than you may have ever realized.