IS ALL SUGAR BAD FOR CHILDREN?

IS ALL SUGAR BAD FOR CHILDREN?


Sugar is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the macro-nutrients our bodies need for sustenance. Our brains cannot function without glucose (sugar is converted to glucose by the body). If our blood glucose level becomes too low we can have seizures. So why is sugar considered by many to be so bad? Well you have probably heard the adage too much of a good thing can be bad?  Nothing could be more true than with sugar.

Our bodies are able to obtain glucose from many different food sources. All of these sources are called carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and of course sugars. Simple carbohydrates are foods that are easily converted to glucose.
These foods taste sweet, have very low levels of fiber, and release glucose into the blood rapidly. These include corn syrup, sugar, fruit juice, and white flour. 
Complex carbohydrates on the other hand taste less sweet, are high in fiber, and release glucose slowly into the blood stream.
When glucose is absorbed into the blood stream the body releases insulin so the cells can absorb the glucose. The more glucose we absorb the greater the release of insulin. Excess glucose is converted to a substance in the blood called triglycerides and fat. Too many triglycerides can cause pancreatitis and are a major contributor to heart disease.
Many people have called sugar addicting, and in many ways it is. The more insulin we have the more sugar we crave. Functioning with a high insulin level causes us to store more fat. It also causes us to have a sugar crash. 
Have any of you ever had the "3 pm sugar crash?" This happens because many of us eat things like waffles for breakfast, followed by a doughnut at work. This leads to a sugar craving and consequent crash at lunch where many people consume fast food. This usually consists of a protein, and lots of simple carbohydrates in the form of fries and soda. By 3 pm our blood sugar is low so many of us reach for a soda or a sugary snack and perpetuate the cycle.
Over time diets high in sugar lead to obesity. Eventually the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. This makes the body think that blood sugar is low so our craving of simple carbohydrates increases, even though they are the last thing we need. Eventually our bodies become so resistant to insulin that we develop a type of diabetes called type 2 diabetes. 
In the 1990's America got on a low fat kick. Why? 1 gram of fat equals 9 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrate or protein equals 4.5 calories. An easy assumption was cutting fat cuts calories. In 1990 when the low fat craze kicked in about 20% of Americans were obese. Today almost 40% of Americans are obese. Why? Because we replaced fats with sugars and simple carbohydrates.
Today people are being told high protein diets are the answer. This is once again misleading. We all need protein, fats and carbohydrates. The goal is to have a slow sustained insulin release and the majority of our energy should come from complex carbohydrates, and good fats (Foods containing omega fats). 
In children these principals could not be more true. 50 years ago type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance were almost unheard of in children. Today we see insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in children. They simply eat too much sugar.
Think about it, sugary cereal for breakfast leads to mid morning crash. How hard is it to focus at school on low blood glucose? Because their blood sugar is low they crave foods like fries and corn dogs at lunch. This leads to the mid afternoon crash and on and on and on. 
Children need more complex carbohydrates and more good fats for sustainable energy production. As parents we all need to do everything we can to increase fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and Omega fats in our children's diets. 
Sweet Sprouts Nutritionals shake provide a great vehicle to assist parents in providing essential nutrients, fiber, Omega fatty acids and a great tasting shake that goes great with vegetable and fruit smoothies. Try a shake for breakfast mixed with fresh spinach, and berries with your kids and see the improvements it can make. 
        
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