Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been criticized lately for the diet they have for their 1-year-old daughter, Wyatt. Everyone is sure to judge when the child is not their own, but there are definitely benefits to the sugarless diet Kunis and Kutcher have set their daughter on.
SheKnows.com relays the difficulty there is in attempting to keep children from eating sugar, noting that there really seems to be sugar in everything.
“We’ve all got ideas about what kids ought and ought not to eat and drink, and right at the top of the no-no list, most parents agree, is an abundance of sugary stuff. Of course, in practice, keeping your kids out of the sugar bowl isn’t as easy as it might seem — there’s sugar in everything, for one thing — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a priority for a lot of parents of young kids.”
Seeing as a high-sugar diet is not at all healthy or of benefit to a child, why is there so much criticism directed at Mila and Ashton for their diligence in keeping Wyatt from too much sugary indulgence, or any, for that matter?
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s baby diet plan sounds just about right https://t.co/fVCttADueg
— Ashton Kutcher News (@AshtonNews) March 31, 2016
The issue was raised when Kutcher dropped by Jimmy Kimmel’s show and shared about his and his adorable family’s Easter celebration plans. When asked about what sorts of treats Wyatt would be expecting from the Easter bunny, Ashton indicated that he and Mila didn’t feel their little one was ready to indulge in the sugary sweetness just yet and instead would be filling an egg with raisins, which she loves.
Yahoo Beauty shares Ashton’s words.
“We’re not quite ready for her to be ready for candy, so we did Cheerios and raisins. She loved the raisins!”
Of course, this caused a bit of a reaction on social media by those who feel that depriving a child of treats will equal sadness. The publication shares further on the topic.
“Well, according to the Internet, the big deal is that by depriving a toddler of treats loaded with sugar, her parents are dooming her to a life of sadness and a childhood completely devoid of magic. Poor thing!”
The uproar is a little extreme, seeing as it is unlikely that the children of Mila and Ashton will ever be doomed to sadness. And the goal is not something that deprives their child of a true necessity or an extreme removal of an essential food group.
As noted by the publication, although it’s difficult to fully limit a child’s intake, it doesn’t hurt to be cautious and choose alternatives that contain natural sweetness.
“The old adage about hyperactivity and sugar is dubious at best, there are plenty of reasons to limit a kid’s sugar intake, including preventing obesity, lowering diabetes risk and keeping those pearly whites cavity free. Most pediatricians recommend keeping sugar intake for kids at a scant 5 to 15 percent of their entire caloric intake, which includes naturally occurring sugar from foods like fruit.”
Additionally, at Wyatt’s age, raisins are a pretty tasty snack, and the little one really wouldn’t know what she’s even missing out on, so the harm is really nil. If the adorable couple prefers to keep their content toddler from what she doesn’t even know she’s missing until she is old enough to know about, then it’s really a harmless decision.
— Fashion&Style (@FNStylecom) March 30, 2016
SheKnows highlights this point poignantly.
“Banning sugar, especially early on, isn’t some act of stringent Cromwellian cruelty. It’s actually pretty laudable, and most parents try to hold out as long as possible. If these two have the resources, the wherewithal and a willing toddler, then more power to them!”
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