Sugar and Children

Sugar, It's not just for breakfast any more


Americans consume an estimated 100 pounds of sugar per person each year.


What most of them don't know is that sugar is as addictive as heroin.


The sugar we are referring to in this article is refined or white sugar. It is produced by chemically processing the juice of sugar root or cane. Actually, it is multiply chemically processed. By the time the plant has been stripped of 90% of its composition and all of its fiber and protein, what we have left is pure poison.


Poison that tastes sweet.


It has been linked to tooth decay, coronary thrombosis, obesity, diabetes, cancer, malnutrition, osteoporosis, skin problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, organ degeneration and memory loss.




Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body negatively.


What foods have added sugar?


We expect to find refined sucrose, C12H12O12, in processed breakfast cereal, soda pop, ice cream, baked goods and candy. Read your labels, parents. Sugar can be found in tomato sauce, salad dressing, mayonnaise, vegetable dip, jello, meat marinade, snack nuts, canned soups and stews, bottled sauces, bread, juice, canned vegetables, crackers, peanut butter, jam and jelly, seasonings, baby food and more.


What can you do?


If you're interested in cleaning up your children's diet, start by cleaning out your cupboards. Go through everything and read the labels. If sugar is one of the first few ingredients, BEWARE! Be brave, and throw that food away. You and your family deserve better.


Try going to your local natural food store and choosing organic items that do not contain sugar. Try cookies sweetened with fruit juice or molasses. Buy some honey, stevia or agave to replace your table sugar.


Eat fresh fruit. Eat fresh vegetables.




My local store does not carry organic or healthy foods.


The only way to facilitate change is to be come pro-active.


Speak to your store manager. Explain that your family cannot be healthy and continue to eat these un-natural foods. Your store may not do the research and purchase what you ask for, but if enough people make the request, eventually, they will listen. In the mean time, consider making more of your own foods using healthy ingredients.


Here is a short list of books that have more information and/or healthy recipes.


Sugar Blues, written by William Dufty


Cooking for Healthy Healing, written by Linda Rector-Page


Body, Mind and Sugar, written by E.M. Abrahamson


Sweet and Dangerous, written by John Yudkin


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