A new study revealed that obese children who reduce their sugar intake could see significant health improvements in as little as ten days.
The study found that reducing the children’s sugar intake and replacing it with carbohydrates showed little weight loss but significant health increases, according to The New York Times.
“This paper says we can turn a child’s metabolic health around in ten days without changing calories and without changing weight — just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco said. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.”
The study’s findings also suggest that a child’s daily sugar intake should be lowered to approximately 10 percent, according to the New York Times.
“Wherever there was food with added sugar in their diets, we took it out and we replaced it with a no-added-sugar version,” Dr. Lustig said.
Too much sugar in your child’s diet is bad, and cutting back will help improve your child’s overall health.
Though the study’s primary goal was to understand metabolic issues in youth better, the study’s findings are relevant to other aspects of our children’s health, especially their oral health.
“The sugar in high-carbohydrate foods mixed with the bacteria in your child’s mouth makes a mild acid that can break down the enamel (the outer, protective layer of the teeth) and eventually cause cavities,” according to Colgate’s Oral Care Center.
Failure to address oral health issues, including too much sugar in your child’s diet might lead to more serious medical problems in the future, including periodontal disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and pregnancy issues.
According to Alligator Pediatric Dentistry, an Idaho Falls pediatric dentist, there are several things we can do today to help keep our children’s teeth and bodies healthy, including:
- Limit the snacks your child eats between meals
- Replace the sugary drinks with more water
- Help your child avoid eating sugary food after brushing their teeth
Nothing is more important than the health of your child. Do what you can now to instill healthy habits to make sure he or she remains healthy.
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