Keep an eye on the sugar, Yakima’s kids are consuming too much

Taking the kids on a trip this Memorial Day weekend? Do you pack snacks and drinks? Sounds like a great opportunity to talk about kids and Too Much Sugar!

Yakima has a representative

Yakima has the reputation of being a city whose inhabitants have a little too much weight. This includes our children. Keep this in mind when packing these snacks. Summer is approaching and it would be a good time to encourage children to have healthier snacks.

You don’t have to wear a white coat to make the connection between sugar consumption and obesity, diabetes, dental hygiene and liver health.

Sugar Triggers More Than Just Physical Ailments

Ask any mom or teacher and they’ll tell you that too much sugar causes problems beyond physical health. In addition to childhood obesity, sugar has been linked to increased emotional disturbances, behavioral problems, and learning problems.

The truth is, most parents have no idea how much sugar their child is consuming each day and it could be impacting more than just their waistline.

Sugar by the unhealthy numbers

So parents, here is a starting list for your consideration/

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Sugar is in children’s drinks

Capri Sun (1 packet) = 18 grams

Gatorade (20 ounces) = 36 grams

Apple juice (8 ounces) = 26 grams

Sprite (12 ounces) = 33 grams

Chocolate milk (12 ounces) = 33 grams

Coca-Cola (12 ounces) = 39 grams

Mountain Dew (12 ounces) = 46 grams

Sugar is in children’s snacks

Fruit snacks (1 packet) – 12 grams

Yoplait yogurt (6 oz container) = 26 grams

Nutri-Grain (1 bar) = 13 grams

Pop-Tarts (1 puff) = 17 grams

The association of the heart sets the limit

The Harvard University Institute of Health In a scientific statement published in Traffic writes, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that children between the ages of two and 18 limit their intake of added sugar to less than six teaspoons (25 grams) per day, and that sugary drinks be limited to no more eight ounces a week.

Only 25 grams… now that you know that, revisit the list of drinks and snacks and see how easy it is for kids to push the boundaries of health. Perhaps keep that in mind as you and your children prepare to follow a different path to good health starting this Memorial Day weekend.

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Rachel J. Bradford