Babies need sugar from birth, and sugar can bring energy to the body. But there is no need for extra sugar in the baby’s diet.
Natural sugars in food have met the demand
The lactose content in breast milk is about 7g%, and milk powder is generally 4g%. Lactose can provide about 50% of heat energy after being absorbed in the baby’s small intestine, and it can promote the growth of bifidobacteria in the large intestine. Therefore, for babies, the natural sugars in foods including breast milk, milk powder, fruits, and vegetables can already meet the needs, and there is no need for additional sucrose (white sugar) supplements.
Therefore, when we choose foods for babies, we should try our best to choose sugar-free foods, and there is no need to add sugar when making complementary foods.
Too much sugar is easy to be dependent on sweets
When babies start to add complementary foods at 4-6 months, their sense of taste begins to develop. Adding sugar to the baby’s complementary foods will change his taste. In the future, they will be reluctant to try ordinary foods, such as those with a lighter taste. This makes it easy for babies to rely more and more on sweetness, and eat more and more sweets, and thus lack interest in other foods.
Too much sugar will increase calcium load
If the baby eats too much sugar and carbohydrates, a lot of acidic substances will be produced in the body, so that a lot of calcium will be neutralized, and eventually lead to calcium deficiency. Moreover, sugary foods are stored in the mouth for a long time, which can easily cause dental caries.
Too much sugar affects vision development
Excess sugar will lead to the reduction of the trace element chromium in the body, and chromium is an important element for the baby’s vision development. At the same time, babies who consume too much sugar are prone to overactivity, excitement, and lack of concentration.
How to control sugar?
Breast milk: The sugar content of breast milk is balanced with the baby’s energy metabolism, so there is no need to control intake. Milk powder: Choose milk powder with lower sugar content, mainly depending on the “lactose” and “sucrose” content in the formula table on the milk powder tank. Generally speaking, the sugar content of milk powder in the younger months will be lower.
Supplementary food: No sugar is added to the supplementary food of the baby before 1 year old, and excessive sugar intake in the food should be avoided. Sugar generally comes from carbohydrates (in theory, the two are the same substance). Fine grains, such as white rice and rice porridge, all contain sugar. Therefore, the staple food should not only consist of fine rice noodles but may also include some coarse grains, such as millet and corn.
Also, fruits with high sugar content, such as watermelon, banana, lychee, sugar cane (the fruit itself or squeezed juice), etc. should also be eaten less.
Complimentary food can provide the nutrition needed by the baby to grow, and it also lays the foundation for the health of the baby’s life. Many novice mothers are confused when adding complimentary food to the baby, for fear of doing something wrong, don’t worry!