Ok, so I may step on toes with this post, but I've had my toes stepped on for the same thing....probably even BY the people who's toes will be stepped upon, so here goes.
My kids get sugar....they know what sugar tastes like....they know sugar can become an addiction...and they know why our bodies don't like too much sugar. All things I wish I'd have known growing up...but didn't, so have been fighting with my addiction, weight, sugar induced health issues (which 90% of them are) for years!
And we've heard it all, "fruit snacks are FRUIT snacks" (read the sugar content...or better yet, read the fruit content in them)
"they're kids, they're supposed to have sugar" Really? That's where it starts.
Or my favorite, "my kids are always sick!" 10 minutes later to their kid, "go have a bowl of cocopuffs" or "Can i get a Happy meal with nuggets".
Honestly, kids learn to make healthy eating choices if they are reminded enough why they should and only given healthy options. Some people think my kids are deprived...they're not. They get their "spoonful of sugar" most everyday. Ok, maybe not sugar anymore, but we make cookies and brownies with other, less harmful sweeteners, and YES, we go out for ice cream probably once a month...and the kids know that when we go out to the movies...WE BUY CANDY!!!!
Most of you know I'm a crappy mom. My kids struggle with manners and other things, but I feel confident, that nutritionally, I'm a good mom. So don't' worry, my kids know what sugar tastes like...they have it everyday, just not the 22 teaspoons that the average kid gets.
From what we've noticed, the more sugar a kid consumes, the more Tylenol and antibiotics they consume. Which I guess if you dont' understand/know the harm in those, then you're ok with it.
Ok, have toes been stepped upon?
I just know that we get a lot of crap for feeding our kids the best way we know, because we feel it's VERY important. And sometimes that's um, annoying. So I thought I'd post this post so people can understand WHY we chose to go with little or NO sugar in our diets.