Mum bans her kids from eating birthday cake as 'sugar has same effect on brain as cocaine'
What do you reckon?
A mum has sparked a huge debate online after revealing that she doesn't let her kids eat any food that contain harmful sugar - including birthday cake.
Nutritionist Tonia Buxton, who is a mum-of-four, appeared on Friday's Good Morning Britain to talk about the anti-sugar policies in her house.
She told how her kids weren't even allowed a slice of birthday cake at a party, as sugar "has the same effect on the brain as cocaine" and it would leave them wanting more.
With nearly a third of children aged two to 15 being overweight, is it cruel to deny kids sweets and cakes at parties? 🍰 pic.twitter.com/DsUKjkXalc
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 22, 2018
“Once you have one, sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. So, it’s a hit.
“So once you have one, they go crazy, they’re running around and then they’re coming down and then they want more, and another hit and another hit, so you’re better off not having any and having something that’s better for you.”
Parenting expert Amanda Jenner appeared alongside Tonia on the morning chat show - and disagreed with the nutritionist's opinions.
She said that she thinks it is ok to treat your children, provided parents do so in moderation.
The opinion ended up sparking a debate among parents online, with many of them against an outright ban of sugary sweets.
I wouldn't stop my 12-year-old having treats at a party. Hate the sugar-packed, party bags! I do limit fizzy, sugary drinks, sweets, cakes and biscuits so that they are treats and not the norm. Not necessarily for weight issues but because they have no value to the body & harm it
— Steven Cobley (@Nevetsyelboc) June 22, 2018
Everything in moderation taking to many things away from childhood nothing wrong with a bit of birthday cake as long as your active and burn it off like my boys do & their not any where near over weight I don’t see the problem
— ursula marriott (@ursulamarriott) June 22, 2018
Oh for goodness sake everything in moderation and get them moving...
— Tara C (@tara_cowling) June 22, 2018