Sugar Dumbs Down and Fattens Up Children, Research Says
Is your kiddo flunking out of school, or at least out of P.E.? Before you blame your child’s “low IQ” or “slow metabolism” on a couple of recessive genetic traits, consider looking under your child’s nose…at what they’re eating.
A recent UCLA research revealed that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) causes cognitive decline in rats - destroying memory, slowing mental function, and deteriorating brain performance. A long-term study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that guzzling soft drinks promotes obesity in children. High Fructose Corn Syrup also causes liver damage. Sub-optimal liver function leads to impaired fat metabolism. Weight gain ensues. HCFS is devoid of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other valuable plant compounds that fruits have. That’s also why it’s causing your child’s girth to expand.
New York University Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health professor Marion Nestle said that sugar is highly addictive and should be regulated for the common good. While you wait (indefinitely) for the ordinance to be passed, what can you do to control your own child’s sugar consumption and reverse the damage caused by years of saccharine abuse?
1. Feed your child fresh fruits everyday so he or she gets used to eating natural, whole food sources of sugar. Swap the candy canes and bubble gum with dried dates and white Turkish mulberries.
2. Make green smoothies for your child. The greens will not only wash his taste buds clean. Vitamin K helps stabilize blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity. Skip the alpha greens (those with strong alkaloid taste) if your child is not crazy about green vegetables. Pick mild greens instead such as lettuce or sweet green superfoods (wheat grass, chlorella, and barley grass) and blend with his favorite fruits. Adding cacao powder or nibs to his green superfood smoothie can also help him chug it down in no time.
Try these suggestions and your kid will be smarter and leaner in no time!
Avoid the evils of HFCS and other types of bad sugar by learning about them here. It’s not called the White Devil for nothing.