Sugar dangers and your kid’s health

It might not be illegal. In fact, sugar is often considered harmless for kids, but there are some serious sugar dangers, some of which deem sugar to be more dangerous than cocaine! In comparison to most drugs. Sugar isn’t the devil, but in excess, it can cause a lot of health problems for adults and kids alike.   The average South African consumes between 12 and 24 teaspoons of sugar per day. To put that into perspective, that number was just 4 teaspoons in the 1900s.   At least half of the sugar our kids consume is hidden in soft drinks, fruit juices, an sports drinks. The rest creeps into their diets in the form of ketchup, chocolate milk and obvious sweets like cookies ice cream and breakfast cereals. Even some “healthy foods” like yoghurt and instant oatmeal can pack up to 7 teaspoons of unnecessary added sugar!   What are sugar dangers all parents need to be aware of? It decreases the immune system Type 2 diabetes and obesity are obvious re…
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Lunchbox superfoods all kids need in their lives

With the right kind of lunchbox superfoods, you’ll be boosting your kid’s academic performance, improving memory, and increasing their attention span. Here are some smart snacks for the school lunch bag!   Best lunchbox superfoods Blueberries Blueberries come in as the all-stars of lunchbox superfoods. Just half a cup of these a day can improve memory, coordination, and balance. Add in some strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries to create an interesting berry mix. Since these berries contain anthocyanins, they can help improve brain function and prevent a damaging imbalance of chemicals in the brain.   Chocolate milk Just like regular milk, chocolate milk is rich in vitamin D, calcium, and potassium, which most kids lack in their diets. It’s not too sugary, and it’s definitely a healthier option than soda or fruit juice.   Cheese and crackers Calcium forms an essential part of your growing kid’s diet since it helps build strong bones and impro…
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When your kid loves pasta: Tips for making it more nutritious meals

If your kid loves pasta, at least you can be sure that you’re raising a little human. If not, are you even a parent?   All jokes aside though, some kids dig the Italian staple so much, it’s practically all they’ll eat. Plain pasta. Pasta with cheese. Pasta with butter. For some kids, noodles are a food group on their own.   Parents of toddlers and picky eaters know all too well just how attached kids get to something their tiny tastebuds like. Try to get them to eat anything besides their beloved pasta, and they’ll fight you every nibble of the way.   So your kids loves pasta…and it’s okay, because: According to research, it’s perfectly acceptable if your kid sticks to pasta as their staple food. Pasta like spaghetti, ravioli, and tortellini packs a nutritional punch when it comes to fibre, iron, vitamin E, and magnesium. Plus it also isn’t loaded with saturated fat, which is always welcoming news.   Of course, it makes sense that you’…
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Here’s when a vegan diet for kids is okay

We’ve recently heard the European experts recommending against a vegan diet for kids, but is it really all that bad? In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at whether or not to keep your kid’s diet strictly vegan.   The deal with strict a strict vegan diet for kids Here’s the problem with vegan diets: they don’t contain all the essential nutrients humans need to survive. According to dieticians, the crux of a vegan diet isn’t so much about what your kids might be missing out on. It’s more about ensuring your kid’s diet is well planned out.   A vegan diet for kids can be acceptable and appropriate for kids. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also agrees. According to AND, appropriately planned vegan diets can be nutritionally complete. The health benefits of kids following plant-based diets include things like lower obesity rates and a decreased risk of chronic diseases later in life.   How parents can make their kid’s diet more nutritious If you’re a…
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