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

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Secret #1: Be the Model for Moderation
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Secret #1: Be the Model for Moderation

The phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” sums it up perfectly. According to research, children restricted from highly palatable foods at home ate more high-calorie foods when given free access. So denying your little ones that cookie can cause one major backlash.

When children ask for sweets, instead of saying "no" let them know they'll have them at a future snack, meal, or birthday party. This signals to kids that they will eventually get to enjoy the sweet foods they love so much. Follow this up by offering sweets a couple times a week.This will get your child used to eating sweets routinely and not excessively.




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