06 Jul '11, 11pm

Is Your Child a Health Statistic? 4 Scary Facts, 8 Real Solutions | Gaiam Life

Is Your Child a Health Statistic? 4 Scary Facts, 8 Real Solutions | Gaiam Life

Cut the sugar. The average American child today consumes 21 to 23 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Cut down on foods high in sucrose and corn syrup — such as candies and cereals, soft drinks and ketchup. Balance high-carbohydrate foods with high-protein and high-fiber foods; opt for whole-grain versions of breads, cereals, crackers ; and take note of the “Sugars” content on labels at the grocery store. Also, consider trying healthier alternatives to cane sugar — both on the table and in recipes; two increasingly popular options to try are stevia and brown rice syrup. Support digestion. The average child today has received nine doses of antibiotics by the age of 12 months. Antibiotics, while they destroy foreign bacteria, also destroy the body’s “good” bacteria that help it utilize nutrients. Be sure your children’s diets include regular servings of good-bacteria-promoti...

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