Little Ghosts and Ghouls – Beware!

All the kids are so excited
little ghosts and little ghouls
almost time for Halloween so
let’s review these safety rules:

1) Jack-o-lanterns, eyes so bright,
be sure to bring a new flashlight.

2) Reflective clothing kids should wear
or their parents they will scare.

3) No pants too long and masks should fit;
the candy corn is quite the hit.

4) Cinderella, Mickey Mouse
map your route while at your house.

5) On the sidewalk you should stay
and watch for cars that come your way.

6) Cross at the corner of the street;
wear comfy shoes to pad your feet.

7) Stop at the door, accept your treat;
inspect it first before you eat.

8) Hold daddy’s hand, avoid the strangers.
Princesses and Power Rangers.

9) Porch lights off then do not go!
Another thing that you should know.

10) Eat one piece and take a break.
You don’t want a tummy ache.

Ghosts and ghouls are getting tired
and the night is soon complete.
They settle down in sleep’s deep slumber
as they dream of “trick or treat”.

How Much Sugar is Appropriate for Your Child?

Have you ever wondered how much sugar is appropriate for your child? A recent study by the American Heart Association entitled Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children,  published in the journal Circulation attempts to give guidance on this very issue.  The guidelines make a distinction between “Added Sugars,” which are sugars added to a food to increase palatability, and “Naturally Occurring Sugars,” which are an innate part of a food such as fruit.  The authors’ recommendations are as follows:

  1. Children should not drink more than 8oz of sugar sweetened beverages/week.
  2. Children/Adolescents should consume < 25grams (approximately 6 teaspoons) of  added sugars/day.
  3. Added sugars should be avoided in children < 2 years old.

“Added sugars” is one of the new categories to be included on the Updated Nutrition Facts Label promised by the FDA. Most manufacturers must comply to the new label by July 2018.

 

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2016/08/22/CIR.0000000000000439
http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/labelingnutrition/ucm385663.htm