A study as quoted by LiveScience states that obese children can improve their health if they reduce sugar intake in their food and drinks. In addition, their risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease is less risky. How can this be so? Come on, see the review below.
The relationship between sugar and the health of obese children
In the study, the researchers closely monitored as many as 43 obese children, and found that by reducing the consumption of additional sugar or not increasing daily sugar intake, it could improve the child's health within 10 days.
This study was conducted by researchers by setting dietary rules for 43 obese children and those with metabolic disorders, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol. While the purpose of this study is to find out whether there is an effect of the effect of reducing or adding sugar to the metabolism of these children.
So, these researchers made a diet by reducing foods such as pastries or breakfast cereals and replacing them with bagels, for example. The overall level of fat, protein, carbohydrates and calories in their daily diet does not change.
They are still allowed to eat food and fatty foods. But the researchers reduced the additional sugar consumption of children from 28 percent to 10 percent, calculated from their daily total calories, according to WHO recommendations. The result, found almost a significant increase within 10 days.
The intended increase is in normal blood pressure, fat levels, blood sugar levels, and even increased liver and pancreatic function of these obese children. This condition occurs even though they do not reduce calorie intake or do not move more, yes.
Calories found in sweet foods can endanger health
Besides that, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, stated that the sugar on biscuits, chocolate or other sweetened drinks should be completely avoided from children
All sweeteners added to food or drinks, are generally added so that the taste is more enjoyable, extends the proper period of eating, and can even reduce the food manufacturer's production costs. These sweeteners or added sugars usually come from sugar, syrup, sorghum, and honey.
Dr. Lustig also said that the calories contained in sugar are dangerous calories. Because if consumed, they will turn into fat in the liver, increase insulin resistance, increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease.
How can parents reduce sugar intake in children?
1. Give more vegetables and fruits
Provide plenty of vegetables and fruit at home. If you have lots of canned cakes or chocolate in your jar in your house, move the food so it is out of reach of the child. Replace with fruit in baskets or vegetables in a basket so the child is not familiar with these healthy foods.
2. It's better to give your child sweet foods made
Sweet foods made at home are better than sweet foods in the packaging. Invite children to make their own favorite cakes while teaching children about healthy food and foods that must be limited.
You can also tell about the adverse effects of eating too much sweet food so the child knows why they are restricted from eating sweet foods.
If your child is happy with sweetness, you can use low-sugar and low-calorie sweeteners, which will not add to your child's weight, while keeping his blood sugar stable. Choose artificial sweeteners from natural ingredients that are safe for children, for example sweeteners from stevia leaves that contain zero calories.
3. Do not make sweet food a special dish (gift) for children
Try giving children special dishes that are healthier. Studies show that making sweets as a gift for children who succeed in spending vegetables, actually contributes to the child's preference for the candy gift. The candy gift makes candy as a special food that is higher in degree than other foods in the child's eyes.
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