Decoding sugars in child's milk
Many of us believe that eating a lot of fruits is good and can make us healthy. Hence, some of us are making a very huge effort to eat lots of fruits everyday. Ramai yang bawa buah dalam handbag, tapi of courselah buah-buah yg kecil2 dan tk berbau pelik mcm orange or apple, bukan bawak durian dalam handbag yer, itu sengal namanya. Hehe.
Tapi do you guys know that by eating fruits excessively will actually make us fat and lead to many other health problems such as diabetes? I still remember I came across an article about Jeniffer Lopez, she refused to eat too much fruits to avoid unnecessary amount of glucose intake. Since
that day baru lah I mcm terfikir, ooo buah-buahan pon boleh buat gemuk rupanya! Patutlah JLO lentik yewww.
There’s no denying fruit’s health benefits – it’s packed with vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, which protect against disease. But while it is fine to exceed this amount if you are a healthy weight, if you are overweight or suffer from high cholesterol or diabetes, too much fruit could be trouble. Itcould also explain why, despite your healthy lifestyle, you’re piling on the pounds.
Same goes to children also. We need to be careful with amount of sugar that we feed our children everyday. Like myself, other than rice (carbohydrate is also a high source of natural sugar) I tried not to expose my son to sweet things like chocolates, sweets or anything sugary. But little did I know (dululah), that some of formula milk contains too much sugar and it tastes terribly sweet. Very sweet indeed ok. Mcm rasa susu for adult. Of course laaa the kids love it, but it’s not good.
Excessive sugar is always not good. What makes it even worst is when some manufacturer claimed it is ok to feed sugars to small kids providing if it is from a natural source. They are actually saying that for the sake of selling their products lah dearies. Maybe I nk kene tunjuk article pasal Jeniffer Lopez tu kt diaorg kot. Huhuh.
Sini ada few tips ok which I gathered from few websites, this is for all mothers out there to really think what is good and bad for the kids especially things that are related to sugar added.
Tip 1 : Sugars are sugars
As I mentioned above natural sugars (gula asli) ker added sugars ker (gula tambahan), they are all SUGARS! They all provide extra calories and they all end up the same inside child’s body. So, don’t get confuse ok.
Quote from http://www.thefitshack.com/2007/06/19/high-fructose-corn-syrup-vs-corn-syrup-solids-whats-the-difference/
Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup (as well as crystalline fructose) are all made from corn, and bottom line, all are sugar. So, first off, because they’re sugar, my opinion is that they are all damaging to your health, just because sugar is so damaging.
Don’t ever ever think that if you child’s milk contains a lot of natural sugars is ok and safe to be consumed than one with added sugar. No it’s not dearie.
Tip 2 : Sugars ain’t all bad but if too much added sugars? …that’s a problem. Sugar isn’t necessarily all-bad. Sugar is needed in producing energy for child, this means our child still needs sugar in milk, but it can’t be added excessively. You can read here the recommended sugars intake for kids in a day http://recipes.familyeducation.com/nutritional-information/obesity/64270.html
Quote from the above mention link;
The Scary Truth. Are you ready for the scary truth? A study conducted by the AHA found children as young as 1-3 years already bypass the daily recommendations, and typically consume around 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. By the time a child is 4-8 years old, his sugar consumption skyrockets to an average of 21 teaspoons a day. The same study found 14-18 year old children intake the most sugar on a daily basis, averaging about 34.3 teaspoons. In general, a statement from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted from 2001-2004 found the average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount!
Tip 3 : Carbohydrates is sugars
There are 2 things you need to know;
Sugars that are naturally present in the milk powder : Ini kita panggil lactose yer, dan natural healthy level in a glass of regular milk is around 11g to 12g per serving.
Sugars that are added to milk powder : Anything added lah like corn syrup solids, sucrose and glucose syrup solids sbb because all these aren’t naturally present in milk so bila moms sekalian check label kotak susu formula, if u guys spotted anything higher than 11 to 12g for carbohydrate
per serving is actually ADDED sugars ok.
Sugars: Also listed under Total Carbohydrate on food labels, sugars are found in most foods. However, the Nutrition Facts label doesn’t make the distinction between natural sugars and added sugars. Natural sugars are found in many foods, including fruit and dairy products. Snack
foods, candy, and soda often have large amounts of added sugars. To find out if a food has added sugar, you need to look at the ingredient list for sugar, corn syrup or sweetener, dextrose, fructose, honey, or molasses, to name just a few. Avoid products that have sugar or other sweeteners high on the ingredient list.
So with these few tips senang dah utk u all semua buat pertimbangan, just follow the next few steps in determining whether not our child’s milk is having excessive sugars (remember natural or added they are all SUGARS). Check your child’s pack of growing up milk powder – remember
anything higher than 11g to 12 g carbohydrate per serve is added sugars and taste your child’s growing up milk – now even! and notice how sweet it is (I did once before lama, memang manis sangat sampaikan semut pon suka, padan la sedap and Ichiro dok nk susu jer) .
By the way, if you are clueless on how to check milk label for sugar, no worries. It’s pretty easy actually even though the manufacturer won’t make it easy for us to spot the sugars in the nutrition facts but be prepared a little bit of knowledge in decoding the sugars will benefit your
child. Ok sonang baitu…kalau takder tulis GULA terang-terang, just look for other sugars code like corn syrup solids, sucrose and glucose syrup solids. See? Easy peasy and make sure it doesn’t exceed 11g to 12g per serve ok?