The Truth About Sugar
There is a lot of misinformation out there! Take for instance, the lady running for President of the United States by the name of Shawna Sterling who seems to think sugar does not play a part in childhood obesity – it’s all GMOs.
Read What She Says
Sterling is a strong opponent of the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. She blames GMOs for the childhood obesity epidemic, and in fact was greatly disturbed by a conversation she had with a young boy and girl, in which she learned that cake and ice cream were no longer being served to school children (as she home schools her own daughter, she says, she did not know this), and that they were among the foods implicated in causing obesity among kids. She accuses the Obama administration of knowing full well that GMOs are at fault for this problem, even as it works to “indoctrinate” children into blaming sweets. She has specifically promised that if elected (she uses the term “when”), she will ensure that cake and ice cream are again available in schools, and that they will be produced organically, without the use of GMOs.
Taken from: http://2016.republican-candidates.org/Sterling/
This political candidate does not seem too concerned about nutrition, what causes childhood obesity, and apparently has no idea what GMOs even are. But, let’s get back to sugar.
While sugar treats are fun for kids, they should never be available every single day. And, it’s not just sugar, but there are so many appealing packaged foods out there which are marketed only to kids. These are essentially empty calories that lead to even more childhood obesity; foods, which have no vitamins and zero nutritional value. Contact me for free health coaching.
How is it Measured?
The glycemic index (GI) was founded by the University of Sydney as a scientific measurement of how the carbohydrates in a food raise blood sugar (glucose) levels after being eaten.
According to GlycemicIndex.com, “Foods with a high GI score contain rapidly digested carbohydrate, which produces a large rapid rise and fall in the level of blood glucose. In contrast, foods with a low GI score contain slowly digested carbohydrate, which produces a gradual, relatively low rise in the level of blood glucose.”
Repeated high insulin levels DO cause fat storage and more food cravings – causing a vicious roller coaster / blood sugar cycle throughout the day. These are sugar addictions! Should kids be allowed cake and ice cream? Of course – celebration foods are part of childhood. But it takes parents who want to make a difference in the lives of their children to guide their children toward healthier choices and help them to enjoy treats on occasion.
In Savannah, Georgia, there is a voice in the community called Healthy Savannah. It’s a grass roots initiative of concerned parents, teachers and members of the community who help to educate parents and kids on healthy food and getting those into the schools. I encourage you to become part of this organization if you are in the area or look for an initiative in your town.
Read More About the Glycemic Index