When parents try to limit sugar in children’s diets, they often turn to sugar substitutes. There are a lot of sweetening options out there, and in this post, Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX shares some thoughts on them.
Stevia, NutraSweet, Splenda, Equal, Sweet’N Low, Xylitol, and Sorbitol are some of the options.
What are the Merits of Sugar Substitutes?
- May help kids consume fewer calories
- May prevent decay if the child would otherwise consume a lot of regular sugar
- Possibly safe for children with diabetes – make sure to check with your doctor!
Whatever the choice you make, don’t overdo it. Some kids experience diarrhea and other intestinal problems if they consume artificial sweeteners. If your child is trying it for the first time, go easy until you know how their body is reacting to it.
Be aware that artificially sweetened soda can still hurt teeth. The acids, dyes, and other chemicals can weaken the enamel, as surely as sugar. Water is still the best beverage to drink frequently.
Are Artificial sweeteners Bad for Children?
In October 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents to be cautious with artificial sweeteners until more is known. If you’re at all confused, you aren’t alone. The best course of action is to encourage your child to drink water, test artificial sweeteners with caution, and always prioritize a consistent dental health routine. Bring your questions to Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX. We offer general and pediatric dentistry. People in El Paso, Anthony, Socorro, Horizon City, and Canutillo trust us with their children’s dental health. Contact us today!