The answer? Like most things, it depends.
…what else is your child eating at the time? Is fiber or protein or something else that will slow its absorption into their blood also being eaten?
…is it bringing them joy?
…have they been sick and lost weight and need to get their weight back up?
…is it a birthday party? Or are they celebrating a graduation or a big win in the weekend?
…are they diabetic and going hypoglycaemic?
…did they just learn to bake and have they made something they’re proud of?
…are they an athlete in need of energy for a game?
…have they got ‘hangry’ and need a quick something to help the discomfort while they wait for dinnertime?
…how are you defining “sugar?” (glucose? fructose? sucrose? maltose? Some simple carbohydrate is needed for survival, let alone health).
…how are you defining the “health” of your child? (Disease free? Good quality of life? Longevity? Resilience and self respect? Their ability to contribute, connect with others or participate in their social world?)
We have come to a juncture in time where we like to put food into neat little boxes. Good, bad. Healthy, unhealthy. But the reality is…context matters.
It’s not as simple as sugar is good or bad for kids. It’s a much more nuanced conversation than that.
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