Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

Children and sugar
May. 12, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

When blood sugar levels spike, the body produces a lot of insulin, which may cause blood-sugar levels to drop fast.

A quick drop in blood-sugar level can leave your child feeling shaky, sluggish and craving more sweets. This can lead to a vicious cycle of sugar highs and lows. 

Temper the amount of sugar the child gets at one time. Control portion size, dilute juices, buy low-sugar treats and give the child protein (cheese, soy, beans, meat, nuts) and fiber (fruits, veggies, whole grains), both of which help slow the rise and fall of blood-sugar levels.