While we know kids love sugar, what may come as a surprise is that children are actually biologically designed to love it. “The preference for sweet tastes is heightened throughout childhood, attracting children to calorie sources such as fruits rich in carbohydrates,” said Ellen Fitzpatrick, MD, MEDNAX-affiliated pediatric hospitalist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. While this predisposition is biologically intentional — milk and fruit offer important nutrients for children — it can pose a problem in today’s world of added sugars and processed foods. Children may be overwhelmed by their desire for sugar, but it’s important that they learn which sources will serve them well, and which will harm them.
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