Sugar and Our Children's Health
First of all, let me start by saying a sweet tooth is created, it is not something your baby is born with. Just like babies in Thailand eat extremely spicy foods, the babies taste buds are molded by the foods they are introduced to. If you feed your baby ice cream and cookies then most likely you will have a toddler who will not like their vegetables.
Sugar consumption in the United States is at an all time high. The average American eats about eighty pounds of sugar per year! For some of us, that is more than half of our body weight per year just in sugar!
Sugar is found in cakes and candy bars, but it is also found in fruit juice, cereals and many popular processed “baby foods” that we usually believe are healthy for our children. The following is a list of what sugar does when it is in our bodies:
1) Suppress your immune system (one teaspoon will weaken the immune system for up to four hours) Here is a theory…cold and flu season also falls during the time of year when we consume more sugar – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all other holidays in this time frame. Maybe our foods at this time of year are impacting our immune system.
2) Interferes with calcium absorption, which will hinder the strength of our children’s bones. (Our country is the leading consumer of milk and calcium supplements, but also has the highest amount of osteoporosis. The solution is not in milk or calcium, but changing our diet.)
3) Can produce significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL(bad cholesterol) and decrease HDL(good cholesterol). This net effect on LDL and HDL can cause heart disease. Did you know they have now approved some cholesterol lowing drugs for children as young as 3. These children’s cholesterol is not high because they have a deficiency in prescription drugs. We need to fix the underlying cause and change their nutritional status.
4) Feeds cancer cells by creating an acidic environment which is connected with breast, ovarian, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach cancers. This may seem far off and not something you want to think about when you look at your baby, but let’s give them a healthy foundation so these problems do not occur in the future.
5) Can weaken eye sight
6) Can cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, MS, Lupus (Most autoimmune diseases are due to inflammation or acidic conditions within the body which effect the immune system)
7) Can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, increase systolic blood pressure, and lower Vitamin E levels (an important antioxidant)
11) can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children (Sugar is a major contributing factor to ADD and ADHD)
12) Greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections) (Candida can be responsible for allergies, rashes, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and a host of other conditions)
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Some simple ways to cut back on sugar are: Works Cited Available Upon Request
• To avoid candy, cakes, sweet cereals, juices, soda and cookies.
• Drink unsweetened fruit juice and dilute it 50% with water
• Drink more plain water
• Eat more whole fruits and vegetables – Yes, fruit contains natural sugars (fructose) but this is in much lower quantities, plus whole fruit also contains fiber and other nutrients which keep the glycemic load low.
• Read labels, another name for sugar is high fructose corn syrup, many labels will list both in their ingredients.