FOOD = MOOD (Part 2)

Sugar
(our original addiction)
 Sugar is our first love. Breast milk is high in sugars leading to greater brain activity. Sugar colors our favorite childhood memories. Once tasted even the smallest babies will seek sugar out. But there can be a down side to sugar especially white refined sugars.

A child’s blood sugar is less stable than in adulthood. Impaired carbohydrate metabolism and sucrose mal-absorption in infants can lead to chronic colic, cramping, and diarrhea.

Most parents link excess sugar consumption to hyperactivity and a lack in concentration. Learning problems, exaggerated hyperactivity and moodiness in children have all been connected to a high sugar diet.  But the long-term effects of a high sugar diet are more serious. 

A steady diet of empty calories may be a factor in frequent infections. Excessive sugar damages teeth and gums. Hypoglycemia in childhood may result in a lifetime of depression and a predisposition to alcoholism. Obese children may grow into obese adults with attendant risks for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. 5

Brightly colored candy and white sugar are not the only culprits. Here is a list of substances commonly added to everyday foods.
·      Sucrose
·      Honey
·      Corn Syrup
·      Fructose
·      Malt syrup
·      High-fructose corn syrup
·      Dextrose
·      Maple sugar
·      Artificial sweeteners
These are usually added to the following foods: baking mixes, ketchup, salad dressings, pickles, luncheon meats, canned fruits, breads, relish, cheese dips, peanut butter, prepared seafood, frozen vegetables, crackers, tartar sauce, soups, frankfurters, sausage, sweetened yoghurt. These types of foods also contain chemicals that can create hyperactivity in children. 6
In the next blog I will explore the world of chemicals in foods. And it may read like a science class.