When I was a little girl, my mom was watching the news, and I overheard the news anchor talking about the negative effects of sugar on children--mainly how sugar can make a child hyper. That segment of the news impacted me so much that I did not want much sugar at such a young age. Do not get me wrong, though. I did eat icecream and other sweets on occasion, but it was not a daily occurrence. To this day, I do not eat much sugar, because I do not crave it, and I did not grow up eating it.
I will say that over the past year I have learned how detrimental sugar can be to your body, and have limited my family's sugar intake. Being that I do not have a sweet tooth--I like salty foods--we have never really had many sugary foods in our household. The only sweet treat I ever make are chocolate chip cookies.
An absolute no-no for our daughter is pop/soda. The high fructose corn syrup in pop/soda is horrible for a child, let alone an adult. Our daughter is about 3 1/2 years old, and I do not want to set her up for failure by giving her sweet treats and pop, not to mention the fact that diabetes is prominent on my husband's side of the family and mine, too.
So, please read the below article I copied and pasted regarding sugar, and take preventative measures in 2012.
Wishing everyone a healthy New Year!
"76 Additional Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health
In addition to throwing off your body's homeostasis and wreaking havoc on your metabolic processes, excess sugar has a number of other significant consequences.
Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.
It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it.
- Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
- Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
- Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
- Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
- Sugar can weaken eyesight.
- Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar.
- Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
- Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
- Sugar contributes to obesity.
- Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
- Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
- Sugar can cause gallstones.
- Sugar can cause appendicitis.
- Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
- Sugar can cause varicose veins.
- Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
- Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
- Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.
- Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
- High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.
- Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
- Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
- Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
- Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
- Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.
- Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
- Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.
- Sugar can cause emphysema.
- High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.
- Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
- Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson's disease.
- Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
- Sugar can damage your pancreas.
- Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention.
- Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
- Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.
- Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children's grades and cause learning disorders.
- Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly.
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can increase your risk of gout.
- Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease. MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.
- Sugar can lead to dizziness.
- Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
- A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
- High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
- Sugar is an addictive substance.
- Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
- Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
- Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
- Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
- The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
- Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
- Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands.
- Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases.
- Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
- Sugar increases your risk of polio.
- High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
- Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
- In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
- Sugar may induce cell death.
- In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
- Sugar dehydrates newborns.
- Sugar can cause gum disease.
Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the basic nutrition it needs, and your liver has an incredible ability to regenerate. If you start making changes today, your health WILL begin to improve, returning you to the state of vitality that nature intended."