Ah sugar. So sweet and so sneaky at the same time.
As much as we love it, sugar can be addictive and dangerous, particularly for kids. Sugar is added to many processed foods, and children are increasingly becoming addicted to the sweet stuff.
We would all love for our kids to stay away from sugary treats as much as possible and veg out of carrot sticks all day, but that is not reality. It is important for kids to learn how to balance all the available choices, good and bad, so they can make healthy food decisions for themselves in the future.
We’ve put together a few tips to help you navigate through the sweet stuff:
If your a parent who’s all about the latest health trends, then you may have heard of a magical new superfood: Monk fruit
If you are a parent who is trying to cut down on the sugary stuff - this article is for you.
So what exactly is Monk Fruit?
Monk fruit is better known as “luo han guo” or “Buddha fruit” and is native to China. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years as a treatment for everything from sore throats to constipation. Oh, and did I mention it is calorie free???
When you have a family, it is more important than ever that you make healthier food choices. Not all ingredients and nutrients are created equal! Some are better than others and can be eaten frequently, while others should be eaten less often.
Fortunately, most packaged foods and supplements in many countries are required to come with nutrition labels. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) require nutrition labels to be placed on the back of side of packing, under “Nutrition Facts.” These guides are usually based on different the needs of dietary target groups - such as pregnant women or children.
Food labels are great because they provide valuable information to help you meet your family’s nutritional needs. Details on calories, fat, and potential allergens are all on the label...but sometimes, it can get super confusing. But if you can't read it, should you eat it?
Our friend Natt at Planet Umoja shared a few tips on reading food labels plus a simple snack recipe you can make with your little ones! Check it out below:
Keep up with Natt on her YouTube page and on Instagram
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