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CANDY MAKES KIDS GRUMPY

Only one in five children eat enough fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Many children consume sweets, cakes, biscuits and sugary drinks every day. This leads to their blood sugar rising and falling dramatically, making them irritable and grumpy.

REVERSE THE HABITS – THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Try halving the sweet treats and doubling the amount of fruit and vegetables. Start with one extra piece of fruit or a few more vegetables with a meal. When it comes to treats, “weekend sweets” is a good way of eating less sugar, less often. Then your children can enjoy sweets in moderation. These two simple changes would be very benefical for your child’s health.

FIVE A DAY

Children under four should eat fruit and vegetables every day, ideally with every meal. Older children should keep “five a day” in mind, in other words a total of five portions of fruit and vegetables.

For example, three pieces of fruit (or a portion of berries) and two large handfuls of vegetables (such as carrots, sweetcorn, broccoli or cabbage). Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals, which is exactly what growing children need plenty of. If children learn to eat fruit and vegetables early on, they will continue to do so later in life. So it’s particularly important that you help your child to learn healthy eating habits at an early age. In the long term,

your child will have a healthier and longer life.

AVOID SWEET THINGS

Children need good quality food in order to grow. Eating sweets means that they eat less healthily and miss out on what they really need. Small stomachs simply don’t have room for both sweets and real food. For a two-year-old, one cake and one ice cream is the maximum for a whole

week if they are also to have room for nutritio- nally balanced meals.

Eating too many sweet things can easily lead to children becoming overweight. Today, one in five children aged 7-9 are overweight, often leading to serious illnes-

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