How often can a child eat candy?

Candies are foods composed of simple sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose accompanied by additives and dyes to enhance flavors and with the different colors and shapes make them even more attractive to children. They provide calories with low nutritional value. Specialists such as endocrinologists, pediatricians and dietitians insist that, although these foods should not be banned to children, it should be limited weekly intake. According to a study by the Andalusian Society of Pediatrics, one in three children consume sweets daily and almost half of Spanish children take them at least once a week.

Daily consumption of sweets can lead to digestive disorders, childhood obesity and, especially, tooth decay. In summary, sweets represent a high energy intake, low protein of poor quality, very few minerals and lack of vitamins, so they should not be part of the usual diet, reserving their intake occasionally or once a week as a prize or exception.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Doctor and team manager (- Z Rehab Medical Center)

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