Universe is a place for greedy people
"... Suddenly they came to a clearing with a house entirely made of marzipan, sweets, biscuits and chocolate."
Do you recognize it? It is the house Hansel and Gretel bump into while walking in the woods and that they rush to eat.
Almost all children love sweets. Scientific studies show that passion for the "sweet" is innate in humans and it is one of the many expedients of nature, because the sweet taste promises sugars and therefore energy, that is what we need to move, think, build things, even breathe and sleep.
To forbidden or to moderate?
In general, there is nothing to complain about gluttony, as long as you do not exaggerate. Parental prohibitions do not make any sense and mostly result in the opposite effect in children. It is known how forbidden things are particularly attractive. It is more reasonable to "handle" sweets knowingly by teaching children to consider them as something special. It will thus prevent them from eating in secret or at the friends’ house of friends, with a bad conscience.
Glutinous without gluten
A "sweet little thing", once a day, is also allowed in a gluten-free diet. Here is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung (German Food Company) writes about it: "Gluttony, provided that it is within limits, is permitted. However, rules must be respected. Sweets rich in sugar and fat, including sucrose, can not provide more than 10% of the energy supply. The portion must be reduced as much as possible. Desserts should not be consumed before meals and, under no circumstances, they should replace meals. "Clear, you can make an exception on a birthday occasion or on Christmas, otherwise the rules must be clear, so confectionery will remain a pleasure for children. All this eapplies to gluten-free desserts too.
Suggestions for eating sweets
Here are some tips to please the little greedy ones without compromising their well-being and respecting their eating habits.
- Fix weekly rations: the child has a certain amount of sweet snacks every week, whose consumption he can split in various days.
- Store confectionery in a fixed place, for example in a "drawer of delicacies", which the child can draw from by himself.
- Adequately and moderately insert the consumption of sweets in a diet that includes fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, accompanying everything with a lot of movement.
- Give, as an adult, a good example, limiting your consumption of sweets.
- Do not use sweets as a reward or their deprivation as a punishment, otherwise they will be overestimated by children, who will behave depending on them.
- Limit sugary drinks and sweet drinks containing caffeine: these are also considered "sweets".
- Before going out for shopping at grocery, agree with your child on buying a trick that he can eat in a given time of day. Thus, the child is aware that he will get the sweet even without whining.
- Do not use sweets as a meal replacement.
- Do not forget to make him brush his teeth.
These tips are generally valid for the consumption of sweets by adults and children. For celiac children, used to a certain food discipline, it will not be difficult to put them into practice even if, being children, they will always find ways to bend the rules for their own benefit. A good parent is one who knows when to be inflexible and when to grant more freedom to his child, who already bears a particular situation.