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/
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
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.