Sugar-proofing your kitchen

Posted in Blog on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 1:16 pm    2 Responses

 

Do you really know how much sugar your child is ingesting? You may be avoiding the obvious sugars but it’s the not-so-obvious sugars in your kitchen that add up and also affect your kids’ health at the end of the day:

 

Peanut butter

 

A serving of peanut butter contains nearly 1 Tsp of sugar. Most of us wouldn’t allow our kids to sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on their toast yet that’s exactly what you’re doing if your peanut butter isn’t sugar-free.

 

Fruit juice

 

1/2 cup of fruit juice can contain as much as 3 teaspoons of sugar even if it’s 100% pure. There is nothing nutritional about fruit juice – eat real fruit instead. If your child won’t drink water, continue to dilute the fruit juice until you have 99% water and 1% juice.

 

White bread

 

A slice of white bread contains nearly 1/2 teaspoons of sugar. If your child is eating 4 slices per day with peanut butter on each slice that’s nearly 6 teaspoons of sugar. It’s always a good idea to limit bread intake but if your child does eat bread, stick to wholegrain or multi-grain gluten-free.

 

Honey

 

Whilst raw honey may have health properties, it still counts as sugar at the end of the day. If your child is having 5 tsp of honey during the day to sweeten up milk or tea, that’s pretty much the same as 5 tsp of sugar. Limit honey to 1 teaspoon per day.

 

Popular maize flour & soy based “smart foods”

 

Kids and adults may love the taste of these cleverly marketed cereals, but each serving contains 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, not to mention a tiny amount of protein in comparison to carbohydrate content.  Sadly, there is no healthy box cereal. Eggs win hands down as a breakfast option but if you prefer to go for a cereal, try a home-made granola or rolled oats with some sugar-free nut butter and blueberries.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Phumlile Nkomo November 22, 2016

    Hi,

    I am curious if Wheetbix is not a better option for cereal for children? We also eat Tastey Wheat on the weekends as porridge.

  2. Hannah November 22, 2016

    Thanks for your question.
    I’m afraid not. The ingredients of Weetbix are as follows:
    Ingredients list: Whole wheat (gluten) 97%, sugar, salt, barley, malt (gluten), vitamin B1, vitamin B2, Niacin, electrolytic iron
    Gluten is extremely inflammatory so you basically have a meal that is definitely 97% inflammatory. Then you add in sugar, salt and some more gluten. It’s extremely high in carbs and low in protein.
    You have the same problem with Tasty Wheat – inflammatory, high carb, low protein – and then you also need to consider any additionals being added to it (like sugar or honey).
    You really can’t beat a high protein breakfast like eggs.

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