Youth California soccer season is in full force. Along with shin guards and shiny uniforms, our kids are getting snacks and plenty of them.
If the snacks were fresh fruit and water, I wouldn’t be complaining. Parents are bringing cupcakes, candy, donuts, brownies and sugar-laden juices. Pumping our kids full of sugar after soccer is a physiologic mistake and sends the wrong message to our kids about taking care of their bodies post exercise. If snacks are to continue, leagues should set a “fresh fruit and bring your own water policy” to stop our kids from refueling with loads of sugar. Would you eat a cupcake after your five-mile run? I doubt it. Then why are we feeding our kids this way?
Melanie R. Silverman, Laguna Beach
The author is a dietician.