My two lovely boys just loved their sweet food and drinks to bit. However, with the recent hype on the effects of excessive added sugars in children’s food, I’ve begun to cut them off from it. However, how many of you are aware that even milk contains added sugar? Thanks to Anmum Essential’s ‘No Added Sugar’ Campaign, I was not as ignorant as before.
A recent report by Harvard Chan School of Public Health states that there is clear evidence that added sugars, especially sugary beverages, contribute to obesity and other metabolic problems. This comes at around the same time that recent studies show that 30% of Malaysian children are obese and consume more than 17 teaspoons of added sugars per day.
Firstly, you’ll be wondering, what exactly are added sugars? Below is a quick pictograph explanation:
Next, you’ll have to ponder, how much sugar does our children need a day? The recommended amount are as follows:
- Children aged 2- 6 years old is no more than 3 teaspoons of added sugars
- Children aged 7 – 12 years old, no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugars a day.
Look at the video from Anmum Essential featuring a cute and curious Adam, asking questions and investigating his surroundings. He questions the milk that children drink and by doing so, creates awareness about the hidden added sugars in it.
Hey, mommies let’s read the food labels before purchasing milk for our children as added sugars comes in various names. Here are some of the common names used – Fructose, Brown Sugar, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Sucrose, Corn Syrup Solids, Glucose Syrup Solids and White Sugar.
It’s great to know that Anmum Essential has taken extra steps to educate us so that we can make better informed decisions when purchasing food for our kids. I’m glad to know that Anmum Essential’s Milk contains no added sugars and is fortified with Gangliosides and DHA which help support brain development and is essential in brain cell connection.
I’m going to get my kids started on Anmum Essential, if you’re interested in getting a sample click here! For parents who would like more information on this campaign, please visit www.anmum.com.my/happenings/added-sugars . Let’s educate and start our kids at an early stage on the goodness of ‘No Added Sugar’ milk today!