Every day I see adults driving and smoking cigarettes with young children in the back seats. Delivering doses of second-hand smoke to children with developing brains is cruel and mean. Yet smoking is totally legal in the United States. The fact is that millions of children are exposed to poisonous toxins every day from their parents' cigarettes.
Sugar is highly addictive, just like nicotine in cigarettes. In our classes for children and parents, Growing Healthy Kids teaches how to recognize added sugars in processed foods. Kids learn to identify hidden sugars by looking for ingredients that ends in “-ose” (any ingredient that ends in "-ose" is a sugar, such as fructose, sucrose, maltose). In my book, Nourish and Flourish: Kid-Tested Tips and Recipes to Prevent Diabetes, there is a list of more than 50 different names for sugar that you and your kids can use to become smart shoppers.