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What The New Study on Sugar Means for Healthy Student Meals

What The New Study on Sugar Means for Healthy Student MealsWe all know that sugar is bad for our health. This is one of those “common knowledge” facts that leads to smaller desserts and limiting our children’s Halloween candy consumption. However, a new study came out that links sugar consumption to heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths in America. This study is enormously important for your family’s health. It, coupled with the new food labeling system that will show which foods have added sugars, should make it easier for you to keep your child healthy. Here are three additional ways you can use this new information to keep your and your youngster’s heart healthy:

  1. Make your own foods. Fast food and premade meals are a lot easier for a busy parent to deal with, but they often have added sugars. Try pre-making and freezing or refrigerating common staples like pasta sauce, soup, cut fruit and veggies, chili, and cooked meats. You can also pre-make whole meals and freeze them, so you and your family can eat healthy food all week long.
  1. Ask your child to help you pack his or her snacks. Not only is this a great opportunity to guide your child into healthy eating habits, and it will also give you an idea of what he or she actually likes to eat – so your youngster doesn’t trade away healthy snacks for something unhealthy at school. Simple and healthy snacks to stock up on may include: cheese and crackers, fruit slices, veggie sticks, celery and peanut butter, cottage cheese with fruit, pita and hummus, homemade trail mix, and olives.
  1. Replace refined sugar called for in recipes with sugar alternatives. There are many sweet and sugary replacements for refined white sugar. Experiment with date sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia, molasses, and more to see if they will work as a white sugar replacement in your favorite recipes.

We hope these ideas help you and your family stay healthy and sugar-free this fall!

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