FoodSugar overload: The hidden danger lurking in kids' favorite foods

Sugar overload: The hidden danger lurking in kids' favorite foods

Sugar in children's diets. The harmful ingredient is found in many products.
Sugar in children's diets. The harmful ingredient is found in many products.
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2:07 PM EDT, May 31, 2024

The harmful effects of sugar are widely known. Despite this, many of us still reach for products containing far more sweet substances than we should. Children particularly like some of these products. Unfortunately, it's not just about chocolate bars...

Scientists and dietitians constantly appeal to limit sugar in the diet. This warning primarily concerns parents, who are responsible for what their children eat. Unfortunately, to this day, many of us forget that sugar is not only found in sweets but also other seemingly harmless products. It's not so bad if children eat them only occasionally, but it’s worse if they consume them daily. We often give these products to our children, convinced we're doing nothing wrong. Appearances can be very deceptive in this case.

Sugar — a hidden ingredient in many food products

The effects of overusing sugar are not hard to come by. Sweetening tea is just the tip of the iceberg—sugar is a common addition even in food products where we wouldn't expect it.

An example of this is ketchup, loved by both children and adults. We often forget that we spend a lot of time choosing the best quality hot dogs, only serving them to children with ketchup that contains an alarming amount of sugar. Government sites even inform about this danger. According to the portal pacjent.gov.pl, one tablespoon of ketchup contains half a teaspoon of sugar. Terrifying, right? And this isn't the end of the alarming list.

Ketchup contains a lot of sugar.
Ketchup contains a lot of sugar.© Canva | Oleksandr P

The second product that regularly contains massive doses of sugar is breakfast cereals. Cereal products are generally considered healthy (and they can be), but what manufacturers add to them is outrageous. Brace yourself: in one serving of cornflakes, there can be as much as 7 teaspoons of sugar.

Sugar in children's diets

It's said that habit is second nature to humankind. This proverb should be considered when setting the daily menu for children. The sooner kids get used to large amounts of sugar in their diet, the greater the likelihood of addiction to this substance and the associated health conditions.

It's important to remember that a high amount of sugar in a child's diet can lead to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even cancers in the future. Additionally, overusing sugar causes a loss of appetite for other dishes that provide essential nutrients. This, in turn, is associated with further potential health risks!

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