Nov 10, 2012

4 foods that discourage sleep

  1. Juice: The natural sugar, fructose, results in an unnecessary energy hit. 
  2. Artificial food colourings and preservatives: These have long been linked to hyperactivity. A study found three-year-olds and eight-year-olds who drank a drink containing additives and the preservative sodium benzoate were hyperactive. The three-years-olds were far more sensitive to the stimulating effects and symptoms appeared in as little as one hour after ingestion. 
  3. Too much salt: Excess salt causes a child to wake up in the night, so aim for low-salt (120mg/100gr) products. (The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) recommends an upper limit of 250mg of salt per day for toddler between the age of one and three.)
  4. Dried fruit: This is usually a healthy snack option but it is also high in sugar, salt and sulphites (preservative). 
  Extracted from Woolworths Baby and Toddler Club.

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