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N4YK aca­de­my – trai­ning for fami­ly staff

tipps and advice for nannies in the private household

Does it real­ly always have to be so much sugar?

Even with the mother’s milk, which tas­tes slight­ly sweet, a tas­te for the sweet tas­te is crea­ted. And alt­hough some child­ren enthu­si­asti­cal­ly fall for hear­ty things as soon as they are allo­wed to eat other things, in most of them the desi­re for sweet­ness remains lifelong.
Even in foods whe­re we do not suspect — as liver sau­sa­ge or rea­dy spa­ghet­ti sau­ce — the­re is sugar insi­de. In some even very much. A tablespoon of ketch­up, for examp­le, con­tains on average a who­le sugar cube. A child should actual­ly only take 6 pie­ces of sugar per day (around 25 grams). How can we mana­ge to redu­ce the con­sump­ti­on of sugar by child­ren to a healt­hy level while still satisfy­ing their desi­re for sweets? Pro­hi­bi­ti­ons have litt­le mea­ning. We all know that what is for­bid­den is rather inte­res­ting and tempting.
Ins­tead of com­ple­te­ly banis­hing sweets, it makes more sen­se to offer it at fixed times. For examp­le, as a des­sert or as usu­al in Fran­ce in the after­noon. When school ends at around 15.30, the kids get a “goû­ter” – a sweet snack that hel­ps them keep up until din­ner. In this way the appe­ti­te for some­thing sweet is satis­fied and the­re is no cra­ving for it.
It is important to teach the child­ren that “all in mode­ra­ti­on” is the best rule for healt­hy eating.
Dis­co­vering tog­e­ther how deli­cious fruit can be or invol­ving child­ren in coo­king and baking can help older child­ren to beco­me more awa­re of the ingre­dients of food and healt­hy eating.

Even with drinks you can try new things. In Ger­ma­ny, juice sprit­zers are still very popu­lar. Still bet­ter than sugar swee­te­ned sodas, but unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly juices con­tain a lot of sugar. Ins­tead, you can try adding fruit to water or soda and then enjoy it as a refres­hing drink.
The child­ren do not tas­te anything? May­be it works, if you let them test blind­fold­ed and the one who gues­ses the right fruit tas­te will get a small pri­ze :-). With play­ful actions like this you can help child­ren to refi­ne their sen­se of tas­te and also to inspi­re for things other than can­dy bars or gum­my bears!

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