5 Secrets for Curbing Your Child's Sweet Tooth

Follow these five simple strategies for effectively managing sweets in your child's diet. By: Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD

Moderating Sweets
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Moderating Sweets

Do you feel like you are always saying "no" to your child's request for sweets? Well, you’re not alone. Children are genetically programmed to prefer sweet tastes, so it's normal for them to flock to foods like cake, cookies, ice cream, and candy. 

So what's a parent to do? Research shows that being too restrictive or lax with sweets can backfire. Finding that middle ground can make the difference between a child who grows up to be a cookie monster or a master of moderation. Stay consistent with how you manage sweets and you'll find your kids will learn the art of moderation, a skill that will serve them well for years to come.  




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