Easter is a fun holiday packed with treats and goodies, but that doesn't have to mean an overload of added sugar and risk for your children's health.
According to a study published by NCBI***, "Associations between added sugars and increased cardiovascular disease risk factors among US children are present at levels far below current consumption levels. Strong evidence supports the association of added sugars with increased cardiovascular disease risk in children through increased energy intake, increased adiposity, and dyslipidemia."
According to Heart.org, American kids consume 81 grams of sugar per day, equaling over 65 pounds of added sugar per year. Think of it this way – children are ingesting over 30 gallons of added sugars from beverages alone. That’s enough to fill a bathtub!
Where is this added sugar coming from? Almost everything the average American child eats contains added sugar. Foods marketed to children like cereal, fruit snacks, juice, and fast food, all contain excessive sugar. Buzz words like "whole grain", or pictures of fruit on the packaging is made to confuse parents and create life-long consumers of sugary foods.
Many parents don’t realize just how much sugar their children are consuming. If left unchecked, the continuous consumption of added sugar can significantly affect your child’s health.
In short: It's time to think outside the candy basket!
These are just a few ideas of non-candy Easter alternatives that your kids will be sure to love! Offering your kids fun, non-candy treats will help them enjoy Easter in a healthful and joyous way. Help your kids celebrate this Easter by providing them with brain-boosting non-candy alternatives!
***Vos MB, Kaar JL, Welsh JA, Van Horn LV, Feig DI, Anderson CAM, Patel MJ, Cruz Munos J, Krebs NF, Xanthakos SA, Johnson RK; American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; and Council on Hypertension. Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017 May 9;135(19):e1017-e1034. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000439. Epub 2016 Aug 22. PMID: 27550974; PMCID: PMC5365373.