Candies, sweets, soft drinks and vary kinds of chocolates are the ultimate dreams of our little kids as they are not aware of the possible dangers of consuming large amounts of sugar, they may even don’t know if there’s any.
Candies and sweets are not a source of joy or reward as many parents always promise their children that if they finish their homework early, for example, they would have a bar of chocolate as a reward.
According to the statistics of the World Health Organization in 2014, nearly 42 million kids around the world, who are under the age of five, suffer from obesity. There is also a connection between obesity and the possibility of the increasing risk of getting chronic diseases.

To save your child’s life and protect him from obesity, tooth decay and hyperactivity resulting from sugar addiction, follow these tips:
  • Take your child along with you when buying fruits and let him pick some, then explain the benefits of each one.
  • Encourage your child to read, and reward him with a special book or a new toy that may enrich his knowledge instead of a candy bag.
  • Make some home-made candies without using sugar. Try to use natural sweeteners like honey, molasses or fruits.
  • In parties and special occasions, make ajwa dates with nuts and raw chocolate and serve with special wrappers.
  • If your child is three years old, explain to him the benefits of healthy food and how it will make his body stronger and protect him from illness.
  • On the other hand, explain to him the dangers of the unhealthy industrial food which is full of sugar and industrial sweeteners.
  • Encourage him make new sweets made of dates and fruits, and decorate them elegantly together.
  • If your child is a gelatin lover, try to replace gelatin with dried fruits like raisins, apricots and figs.
  • Replace breakfast cereals that are loaded with sugar with oats, raisins and honey with milk.
  • Replace chips and crackers with popcorn, nuts or roasted chips made without frying oils.
  • Nour Elkhoudary
    Palestinian journalist, filmmaker and screenplay writer. Trainer in the field of screenwriting. Interested in health and nutrition, particularly child nutrition!