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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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22. Sugar, sugar

Baby foods have strict guidelines that keep added sugar to a minimum – but once your child reaches 12 months, it’s over to you to monitor the sweet stuff. How to control your child’s sugar intake without becoming a complete spoilsport.

It’s easier to cut back on excess sugar in your family’s diet than you might think.

Sugars occur naturally in many foods such as fruit and milk – which is fine, we don’t need to worry about those. The sugar that is of concern is added sugar, the stuff in fizzy drinks, sweets, biscuits, some breakfast cereals and jam.

What’s wrong with sugary foods?

Foods that contain a lot of added sugar tend to have quite a high calorie content and low levels of nutrients. Sugary foods also don’t tend to fill ...

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