Join us in preventing childhood obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease and other chronic diseases by taking steps to reduce exposure to Secondhand Sugars™ in infants and children.
Making changes to your own diet or that of a child can be challenging. Though it may seem unrealistic to switch to a diet with no added sugars, with a few simple steps, you can make significant reductions in sugar.
As a pregnant or nursing mother, you can:
- Limit the amount of added sugars you consume and particularly foods and drinks that are high in fructose.
- Some main sources of added sugars to watch are soft drinks, juice drinks, sweets and bakery items, and other sweetened foods like yogurt products and cereals.
- Consider omitting artificial sweeteners from your diet.
- Drink water, herbal tea, and other unsweetened alternatives.
As a parent or caregiver, you can:
- Carefully read nutrition labels to be sure that the infant formula, baby food, and snack foods you buy are low in added sugar.
- Choose not to give your child juice or other sweetened beverages on a regular basis.
- Try not to use sugary beverages to soothe, placate or put your infant to sleep.
- Limit the amount of advertising your child is exposed to, as sweet foods and drinks are often heavily marketed.
- Work with your child to gradually reduce the amount of sugar in his or her overall diet
As part of the larger public or as a public health professional, you can:
- Lobby to make nutrition labels easier to understand, with the sugar, and specifically fructose, content clearly listed.
- Encourage positive changes to school lunch programs and other public food programs to make them lower in added sugar.
- Lobby for industry policies to require food manufacturers to lower the added sugar in products marketed to children and restrict advertising of sweet foods and drinks.
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