Here in the United States, we are obsessed with all things sugar. The introduction of high-fructose corn syrup has led us to begin adding sugar to foods (and even non-foods) you wouldn’t think need sugar. Certain drugs such as cough drops and cold syrup contain sugar as well as lip gloss. Even stamps and envelopes have sugar in the mix!
Keeping track of the amount of sugar your child eats will not only help you by reducing the hyper-activity and subsequent crash that sugar causes, it will help their teeth stay healthy.
The worst sugary treats you could give your child are treats that remain in the mouth for a prolonged period, such as suckers and gum with sugar in it. Simply replacing sugary gum with sugar-free gum is a step in the right direction for a healthy mouth! With all the sugar around us, parents may have a difficult time finding tooth-friendly snacks children would enjoy.
If your child has a sweet tooth, try the recipe below to satisfy their craving!
1 Large Apple
¼ cup Peanut Butter
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
Slice the Apple into 8 wedges. Take a spoon and spread the peanut butter on both sides of each apple wedge. Sprinkle the cinnamon on the peanut butter and enjoy!