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 the Pediatric Dental Center 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 (check with your doctor)
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 they react to it.
Be aware that artifically 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. Bring your questions to the Pediatric Dental Center. We offer preventative dentistry and specialize in early dental care, and have offices in Burlington, Cold Spring and Crestview Hills KY. Call us to schedule your child’s next checkup today!
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