Like most moms, I try to limit the sugar my kids consume. We restrict candy, baked goods, etc. and try to limit them to one per day, if that.
However, some things that seem like they would be full of sugar are not; others that seem healthy and wholesome are massive sugar bombs. For example, the frozen waffles my kids wolf down for breakfast have 2 grams of sugar per serving. That's a ton less than the Greek yogurt I might have pushed as a healthier choice! And a drink from a popular national smoothie chain has almost as much sugar by volume as a slush from a convenience store!
Yes, it's important to read labels, but nutrition information is not always readily available when we stop for a snack on the go, and most of us look at total calories, not calories from sugar. And it's hard to translate "x grams of sugar" into a measurement we understand. You might restrict your child from having a yogurt with 3 and a half teaspoons of sugar, but you might not balk at 14 grams. Yet it's roughly the same amount.
I discovered a site called Sugar Stacks, which shows the amount of standard-sized sugar cubes different foods contain. It really helps to visualize the sugar content in different foods, including fruits and vegetables. I plan to show this to my kids the next time I say "no" to something they are asking for, and to guide my own eating as well. There's nothing wrong with indulging in a sweet treat, but knowledge is power!
Do you pay attention to how much sugar you and your kids eat?