Saturday, June 23, 2012
I picked up my 2-year-old girl from her Nana's house the other day, and was pleased to find out that my girl had finished the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I'd made for her before dropping her off. I'm always glad when I find out my daughter has eaten something--never mind finished something. She hasn't gained weight in about a year, but she's healthy, and sometimes it is just a challenge to get her to eat.
Then, she'll have a day or two when she'll eat everything in sight. That's okay with me.
But her Nana said that she'd given her a cookie, too. Which was all right, really... I let her have cookies. It's true that I tried keeping my daughter totally away from sugar at first, and it seems to have had the effect that I wanted--my daughter eats broccoli before she'll eat sweeter vegetables like carrots. She loves her sweets, but she'll eat other foods, too, which was the only reason I ever tried to limit her sugar intake.
And then her Nana said that it was okay for my daughter to eat the cookie, because it was sugar-free. Now, THAT is a bigger concern to me than if she had had a cookie with sugar in it, because I don't know what was used to sweeten the cookie. I'm betting that it wasn't fruit or something, but an artificial sweetener. I'll use sucralose from time to time, especially after I had to on my diabetes diet, but I am very much against artificially made, chemical-based sweeteners.
Does that make me crazy? Do I have reason to be concerned, or am I listening to too much propaganda against artificial sweeteners?