What's the Deal with Added Sugars?

Air Date: 05/06/2015
Source:
Parent Toolkit
Creator:
Erica Hill
Air/Publish Date:
05/06/2015
Event Date:
05/06/2015
Resource Type:
Mini-Documentary
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2015
Clip Length:
00:00:53

Often found in “empty calorie” foods and some of our favorite treats for celebrations, added sugars can have a negative impact in overall health when eaten too frequently. But what can you do when your child has a sweet tooth? This video, produced by the Parent Toolkit, explains.

What’s the Deal with Added Sugars?

ERICA HILL reporting:

Does your child have a sweet tooth? Lots of kids do. It might not seem like a problem, but eating too many added sugars can increase your child’s risk for developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. What are added sugars? Exactly what they sound like - sugar that is added to foods. They’re found in candy, some drinks, and foods like donuts and cakes. They have lots of calories but none that help your child grow up healthy. Luckily, there are ways you can satisfy your child’s sweet tooth in a healthy way. Instead of sugary cereal in the morning - try mixing fruit into plain yogurt. And for on-the-go kids, instead of reaching for an energy bar - which can have as much sugar as a candy bar! - make your own energy packs with nuts and unsweetened dried fruits. Making small swaps - like flavored water for soda - can keep your child from eating too much sugar.

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