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6 Ways to Reduce your Child’s Sugary Snacking
- know the limits: when choosing a snack, keep an eye on added sugar and sweeteners such as corn syrup and fructose.
- the truth about juice: juice is high in sugar and calories. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest completely avoiding juice until at least the age of 4. After age 4 a child should get no more than 4-6 ounces of juice a day.
- skip soda: one can of soda is equal to the sugar recommendation for a child for 3 days. Besides the sugar causing decay, tooth erosion and enamel being eaten away are also large problems.
- watch sticky snacks: fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups and raisins are like nature’s candy, but tend to stay on teeth longer than other sugary snacks like milk chocolate.
- serve carbs with care: crackers, chips and cookies break down into sugar. They also tend to get stuck on the tops of the teeth keeping the sugar present for longer periods of time.
- set an example: if you want to change your child’s habits, start with yourself and do the same thing with them!