As a mother with an ADHD (hyperactive) child, I can get really, really paranoid when it comes to my child’s diet, cuz feeding the child with food that contains too much sugar can give him sugar rush, and he’ll be pretty ‘high’ and very active. Active as in, couldn’t stay still, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t concentrate, etc, and it can be a terrible problem when he translate the hyperactivity into climbing onto furniture and refusing to come down. It’s dangerous, and therefore… too much sugar in my boy’s diet is a NO, NO!
Besides, who needs excessive sugar intake in children’s diet that will lead only to loads of health issues? I, for one, do not need child obesity problem along with diabetes, dental cavities as well as high blood pressure that comes with taking excessive sugar intake. I have enough health issues with my son to deal with in the first place, anyway.
If you’ve been following my blog, I’m sure that some of you may have noticed that I’ve recently changed my son’s growing up milk to the newly formulated Anmum Essential- the one with no added sugar in it as an initiative to reduce unnecessary added sugar in his diet.
Well, after more than two weeks of using Anmum Essential with no added sugar, I ran out of them and I had to re-stock. And so, I went to the supermarket andÂ while I was walking on the milk powder aisle in my regular supermarket, something caught my attention; an awareness poster that says that we could have been feeding our children up to 10-13 tsp of sugar with the regular growing up milk as well as a laptop with sugar calculator displayed on the screen, ready for the consumer to use to verify how much sugar there is in their children’s formula milk.
Curiosity gets the better of me and therefore, I used the laptop and test out the sugar calculator provided and started to make comparison between the previous growing up milk that I’ve been using and the newly formulated Anmum Essential with no added sugar.
I was really shocked on how much added sugar there was in the previous growing up milk. Boy, am I glad that I’ve chosen non added sugar product for my boy now.
Okay, I’m sure most of you are confused right now. You may ask how is it possible for children’s growing up milk to contain so much sugar when there’s practically almost no sugar written on the label?
Well, mummies and daddies out there, we got to play a little bit of Sherlock Holmes when it comes to detecting sugar in our children’s growing up milk, cuz the contents, as you might already notice after all these years, are written in their scientific or chemical terms. All sorts of added sugars in growing up milk were also written on the labels in their scientific terms.
As I mentioned in my previous entry regarding the danger of excessive sugar in our children’s diet, thereâ€™s two types of sugar. Naturally present sugar and added sugar. Both natural and added sugar exists in the form of carbohydrate.
Natural sugar can be found in fruits, veggies and many other class of food in the diet pyramids. Added sugar on the other hand are the type of sugar thatâ€™s used as additives, preservatives or taste enhancers in various food products, including childrenâ€™s food.
So, mummies and daddies out there, if you see ‘sucroseâ€™, ‘fructoseâ€™ or â€˜glucoseâ€™ on the labels of the growing up milk packaging that you’ve bought, that means you bought growing up milk that contains added sugar. And, if you see ‘corn syrup solid’ or ‘glucose syrup solid’ on the milk packaging, that means those are added sugar too.
If you see the higher contents of carbohydrate is dictated in the growing up milk label, that means the higher the added sugar level is.
Mummies and daddies, beware and be more alert when you choose growing up milk for your children. I’m sure you’d be as horrified as I am if you’re to count how much added sugar there was in the growing up milk that we’ve been feeding our children.
Wanna know how you can actually check how much added sugar you’ve been feeding your children with your current growing up milk? You can go click HERE
The ‘SEMAKGULA’ website provides a sugar calculator for us to use. The website can be viewed in 3 languages, Bahasa Malaysia, English as well as Mandarin and it’s best viewed with IE6 as well as Firefox.
I’m sure you’ll have no problems using the calculator, it’s pretty simple and the instruction provided is pretty clear, really. Feel free to share the calculator on your Facebook or Twitter too… I’m sure alot of parents out there are concern about excessive sugar intake in their children’s diet too.
And oh… before I forget…if you’re interested in changing your children’s growing up milk to a growing up milk that contains no added sugar after using the calculator, you might want to consider growing up milk like Anmum Essential with no added sugar. It is the only growing up milk in the market so far that has no added sugar in it’s formula.
If you have any qualms about changing the growing up milk for your child to the new Anmum Essential, you can go to Anmum Club Facebook page or call ANMUM CARELINEÂ at 1800-88-3122. They’ve both been very helpful resource when I was having doubts on changing growing up milk for my child.