If you were born in the 1980’s or after, you more than likely grew up on sugar.
My husband is addicted to sugar. Whenever my mother-in-law sees him eat a lot of sugar, she says, “I never gave you sugar growing up. I never gave you candy. Why do you eat so much now?”
Au contraire, my wonderful mother-in-law. You gave him sugar and lots of it!
You see, for us 80’s babies and beyond, sugar was in practically everything on the grocery store shelf. If the food was prepackaged and refined in any way, it most likely had sugar in it. From bread to cereals to fruit juices. It was everywhere! So you didn’t have to give your kids candy to fuel an addiction to sugar. Some of the foods that claim to be the healthiest on the front of the packaging are carrying loads of sugar. The only way to know for sure and avoid it was to read the ingredients. This was not the popular thing to do back then, so we ate sugar, and we ate it a lot.
Many of us woke up and had a bowl of cereal, with sugar. Perhaps a cup of juice, with sugar. For lunch, we had a sandwich on wheat or white bread, both have sugar. Maybe a capri sun, with sugar. Or some crackers, with sugar.
So you see, it wasn’t just in the junk foods, it was and continues to be everywhere!
I went to a standard grocery store the other day, and attempted to buy some bread. Do you know every loaf of bread on the shelves had sugar in it. Every single loaf! It’s gotten out of hand.
The one’s who are suffering the most are our children. Many of them are overloaded with sugar from the time they are conceived in the womb. Even as infants, those who are not breastfed, drink lots and lots of formula where sugar is the 1st or 2nd ingredient.
We all know sugar is not good for our health. But it’s taking an even greater toll on the younger generations of children. While sugar consumption continues to rise, the quality of our soil, minerals, and fruits and veggies continues to decline. So today’s children are not getting the nutrition of their ancestors during a time when they need more.
I will never forget one day when I volunteered in an elementary school. For lunch, the children had a party. They are pizza, cookies, cupcakes, and soda — all full of sugar. Yes, even the pizza. Remember we discussed earlier that most commercially made breads have sugar, and even many of the pizza sauces have sugar too. Back to the story. These kids pigged out on junk food. That afternoon, they were out of control.
The teacher yelled and yelled and yelled some more. But the kids would not listen. They could barely sit still in their seats. The yelling continued until class was dismissed. It seemed like a huge waste of time to me. The sad part was the teacher went on and on about how the kids were so bad she didn’t know how to help them. They had the worst attitudes, they would struggle in life because they didn’t know how to listen. And because they didn’t know how to listen, they wouldn’t learn much and wouldn’t make much out of their lives.
Can you imagine? A teacher affirming such negative thoughts and beliefs to children? Never once did she question the food they ate. These very foods have been proven to disrupt a person’s ability to think, focus, and concentrate.
Let’s take a closer look at 12 reasons we should avoid giving this type of food to our children, especially in a learning environment.
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system, making it harder to fight off diseases and harmful bacteria and viruses.
2. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
3. Sugar can weaken the eyesight.
4. Sugar can cause a rapid rise in adrenaline levels in children.
5. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
6. Sugar contributes to obesity.
7. Sugar can cause asthma.
8. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
9. Sugar contributes to eczema in children.
10. Sugar reduces learning capacity. As a result, it can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.
11. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
12. Sugar causes dehydration.
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