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From Quincy, California, USA:

How many "sugar-free" type foods should be incorporated into an eight year old's daily diet? I realize they won't have the impact of regular sugar food items, but should they be consumed every snack or mealtime?


I think a good way to evaluate a food is to categorize it into one of the food groups. If it ends up in the sweets group, that is a food that contains mostly sugar and fat (even if it is artificial sugar) and does not contribute many nutrients needed for health and growth. A sugar-free pudding has more value than a sugar-free soda or candy since it has milk in it. There are no hard and fast rules, but I would not suggest having a sugar-free item at every meal or snack. These foods tend to take the place of more healthy choices such as fruit, vegetables and milk.


Original posting 22 Nov 2000
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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