One reason I dread some holidays is because of ALL. THE. SUGAR. And the times I hear other adults say, “oh just let them have this, just this once . . . it’s no big deal.”
Well, let me first dispel that. It isn’t just this once. And really, it is big deal. Every little time adds up and it adds up quickly.
It’s Valentine’s, Easter, parades for all those “patriotic holidays”, Halloween, and Christmas.
Oh, I forgot a few . . . trips to the store when the cashier asks if your kid can have a sucker, doctor visits (seriously, there are still doctor’s giving candy), the grandparent’s house, the cousin’s house, the donuts at church every Sunday, oh and then there is class on Sunday and the rest of the week in public school. So in other words, many, many times every week, sometimes every day.
What’s so bad about Sugar?
Sugar gives you energy right? So how is that bad? And it tastes SO yummy.
Sugar lowers the immune system.
Sugar can cause upset stomach and loss of appetite.
Sugar stores fat.
Sugar raises chances of Diabetes.
Sugar raises chances of Heart Disease.
Sugar creates an imbalance in cholesterol levels.
Sugar is addictive.
Sugar stops the body from knowing it’s full.
Sugar hype and crash.
Sugar can lead to depression.
Sugar can age skin faster – particularly the face.
Sugar is Everywhere
It isn’t just in candy – there are “hidden” sugars in a lot of foods. And many of these foods are marketed towards our kids. Why? Cause it’s addictive, and let’s face it, it makes stuff taste good – so you can get kids to easily eat it. Moms worried about getting their kids to eat something will often fall victim just just letting them eat whatever – regardless of nutritional value. [Read more…]