Protect your Children against Sugar Addiction this Christmas

Cookies, candy, pies, cakesÉ all of these are children’ favorites during the Holiday season with only one thing in common: high sugar levels.  Besides the great amount of calories in these items, they are also harmful because they influence the children’ future eating habits.

Hispanic children, who present higher obesity and overweight rates (and consequently, higher risk of Type II diabetes) are also becoming “sugar addicts.”  In many cases, this comes as a consequence of parents not knowing what makes a healthy diet for their kids.

Kids not only eat sugar-food around this time of the year.  They do so frequently throughout the year by eating sugary cereals, ice creams and other snacks.

In addition, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners have also made their way to daily staples such as ketchup and salad dressing.  

Eric Fisher, parent counselor and author of “The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came Up With,” says that as a psychologist, he has “seen children with allergies to sugar who crave it and hoard it,” while explaining that even very small amounts of it can result in erratic behavior.  “Long-term, kids can develop a seeming dependence on sugar that sets them up for health problems, including diabetes and obesity,” Fisher says.

According to Fisher, the solution for this growing sugar-addiction problem among children is to create management strategies like replacing high-sugar items with delicious, low-sugar foods. He also recommends preparing healthy snacks at home and rescuing the classics such as frosted cereal and PB&J sandwiches.