The World Health Organization (WHO) it warns us of the danger posed by excessive consumption of sugar. In the case of children, the WHO advice is not to exceed 37 grams per day (for a 1,750 calorie diet). This equates to roughly 7 teaspoons of sugar daily.
The problem with getting children used to consuming more sugar than necessary is that it carries with it a series of problems that can lead to chronic disease. We tell you how an excess of white sugar in their diet can affect your child.
Excess sugar in a child's diet can lead to problems that affect a child's metabolism, heart, teeth, and even school performance. Here are just some of the problems derived from excess sugar in children's diet:
1. Increase cholesterol and triglycerides.
2. It causes obesity because it increases the caloric intake. Childhood obesity is the main problem affecting children in developed countries. In fact, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared it an epidemic among the world population long ago. Obesity in turn leads to many other disorders, such as heart problems.
3. It can cause diabetes, the second most common chronic disease of childhood.
4. It has no nutritional value since it lacks vitamins and minerals, which favors an unhealthy diet, eliminating hunger and reducing the intake of other foods.
5. Raise your blood pressure. This undoubtedly directly affects the heart.
6. May cause pancreatic damage.
7. It favors the appearance of dental cavities. Excess sugar consumption is one of the main causes of cavities in younger and younger children.
8. Hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.
9. Lack of concentration. Therefore, it also causes poor school performance.
10. Heart disease.
Cristina González Hernando. Editor of our site
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