So many people are asking the question – is Sugar really just Sugar? Well, when you look at all the types of sugar out there, it gets confusing. Many people believe high fructose corn syrup is the worst of all sugars..hmmm. Here is what we found:
Fruit in it’s natural state meaning right from the source – so apples not applesauce, oranges not orange juice, etc – are great for kids and you! Why? The answer is that fruit in it’s raw state offers you and your children many nutrients and fiber along with the sugar. Fiber will slow the bodies response to the sugar and not immediately convert the sugars from the fruit to fat. So focus on the whole fruit as a great food for you and your family – and if you are still concerned – add some protein to even further stabilize the sugar from fruit such as mozzarella, almonds and nut butter.
Added sugar is more difficult for you and your family. Sugars such as white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave, high fructose corn syrup, etc. have no fiber or protein attached to them therefore immediately signal to your brain and your digestive system that this type of sugar can be immediately converted into fat! The worst part? This type of sugar signals to your brain that you need more sugar creating a false sense that you are still hungry!
What is your family solution then? Get your family to move toward eating real foods. Limit the amount of added sugar to no more than 10% of daily caloric intake. The sugar rule we use at ZisBoomBah within our Pick Chow! Plate game states that to create a 5 star meal you cannot add more than 10% of added sugar to the meal.
PS- Calories are not something we talk about to the kids – that’s because we focus on real foods, a balanced meal and snack, and limiting the 3 s’s! Get your kids to make a meal on Pick Chow! today.