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Toddlers and treats

Eating & Nutrition   |   Age: 1 year 8 months



Toddlers and treats

You can try your best to feed your baby a healthy, balanced diet, but something a little less wholesome will slip into her routine. She may have that first taste of candy at Grandma’s, or her first juicebox at daycare, and before you know it you may have real-life cookie monster on your hands.

While occasional treats seem harmless, it’s easy to go overboard, which can lead to health problems down the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are eating and drinking foods and beverages that contain too many added sugars, which can contribute to medical issues like weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Sugary drinks and candy cause problems for your tot’s teeth, too, with excess sugar being linked to tooth decay. By 3 years old, approximately 28% of children have one or more cavities, which increases the risk of cavities in their adult teeth.

Though the statistics sound scary, it’s not necessary to cut sweets cold turkey. Instead, here are some tips for treating your toddler, and on how to be a savvy consumer.


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