What Sugar Does To Your Baby And You
Sugar may be very delicious, but you should only eat it in small amounts.
WHO recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of the total daily energy intake. Recent studies say that it should actually be less than 5%. In simpler terms, this means that all sweet things – be it actual sugar, or the natural sweetness in things like fruits and honey – should be only a very small portion of your diet.
This is true for all ages, however, it is of utmost importance at younger stages. Doctors recommend completely eliminating any added sugars upto about 1 year of age, as this can cause obesity. It can also lead to dental cavities and an increased chance of developing diabetes at a later stage. Your baby’s food should be naturally flavored using ingredients like fruits and vegetables. This not only keeps them healthy, but also helps them develop an appreciation for these natural, nutritious foods later in life.
As adults, we usually have too much sugar in our lives. Everyone knows this for a fact – my morning coffee probably accounts for all of the sugar I should be having for the whole day, and it’s just in one cup.
We obtain a lot of our calories from artificial (and sometimes natural) sugars, instead of healthy fats and carbohydrates. This is just as bad for our taste buds as it is for our health. How many of us can truly taste the sweetness in a carrot? Or that in a capsicum and red bell peppers? Added sugar makes our taste buds so used to the extra sweetness that we forget to appreciate natural flavors. Perhaps why so many people are now going for a sugar detox – no artificial sugar for thirty days!
Different Forms of Sugar
We understand how hard it can be to find absolutely anything in the market that has no added sugar. From baby foods to salad dressings to just plain bread – everything has added sugar. Sometimes it doesn’t explicitly say so. Watch out for these little hidden characters on ingredient labels: corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup. It’s hard to believe, but these are all different forms of artificial SUGAR.
We Are Here To Help
BabyStaples is trying to make your search for sugar-free foods easier. We promise that there is absolutely no form of added sugar in our powdered products, and yet, they are totally delicious! We use natural sweeteners like carrots, dates, and fruits to please your baby and you. Use our products to make quick porridges for your little ones (you do not need to add anything else!), or make yummy pizzas, crepes, waffles and more for older kids and adults.
Lack of inspiration? Get started with some of our super-hit recipes and reduce your sugar intake today!
- Apple and Rice Idlis
- Broccoli-Cheese Bites
- Apple-Cinnamon Crepes
- Healthy Pizza
BabyStaples products are made from organic, non-GMO ingredients, to provide you the best quality that follows all the latest international food standards and guidelines – it’s a mom’s promise to your family.