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Sugar Substitutes For Kids

Do You Let Your Kids Have Sugar Substitutes?

This question comes from ohhaimom in the Mommy Club group.

Last weekend I was making fresh squeezed lemonade with my mother-in-law and after 30 minutes of intensive lemon squeezing she asked if we should use Splenda or sugar. I was shocked by the idea of adding anything other than sugar or honey to the organic mixture we'd concocted, but she padded her question with a, "well, since it's for the kids we should probably use the natural stuff," but it got me thinking about whether or not other moms use sugar substitutes to keep their kids from jumping off the walls, or consuming too much sugar. I'm not talking about filling their bottles with Diet Coke, but restricting sugar intake with man made sweeteners. What do you dish out by the spoonful?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I mean my *kid* It's so hot I don't even remember how many children I have any more!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I don't even eat artificial sweeteners, so I certainly wouldn't let my kids have any. Using stevia instead of Splenda is a GREAT idea, but if you're getting it in crystal-form read the ingredients because you never know what they'll mix in with it to keep it from caking.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i'm shocked that so many people give their kids splenda, etc only natural stuff for us. baking things with half the sugar usually tastes just as good though
lilmisclare lilmisclare 7 years
Also, I agree with Amber. Splenda is basically chlorine. Why poison your kids??? I wouldn't. K
lilmisclare lilmisclare 7 years
Go for the NA-TUR-AL stuff. I am NOT a huge fan of "organic things are bettterr and healthier" it drives me nuts. Cashews even.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I can understand if you are diabetic, maybe you'd want to use Stevia. But Splenda? Why would you want your kids to be eating chlorine?
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Only sugar for us but I guess I'd think twice if someone in the house were diabetic.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
I'm with mstrauss. My husband is a type 1 diabetic, so our (adult) drinks have splenda, and whenever I make baked goods, I use splenda instead of sugar. My kids don't have it all the time, but they do have it.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Since I have diabetes, we only have Crystal Light iced teas and diet soda in the house and my son likes to drink from my cup. Generally, I prefer that he drinks water or juice, but I don't mind him having some artificial sweetener once in a while. I prefer Splenda when possible.
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