Sugar Is Depressing Your Child's Immune System But You Can Stop The Addiction
The effects of sugar on children's health is dismal according to an undisputed 1973 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The Prevalence of Unhealth In U.S. Children Is Staggering
According to the CDC, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.
Obesity in childhood is associated with a wide range of serious health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease, according to the Childhood Obesity statistics.
Sugar Is A Sweet Disguise For All Things Unhealthy
The effects of sugar on children's health is unlimited. Sugar isn’t only a problem in America, it has become an epidemic by way depressing immune function. Sure, sugar (the refined kind) is sweet and makes everything taste better, but excess sugar intake is one of the root causes of all disease in the world, especially in the United States. This slow addictive killer is a main ingredient in all processed and prepared foods, and our children are eating way too much of it.
Eating a diet high in refined sugar is a slow road to illness leaving your child prone to every childhood disease out there. What is more, sugar is the first addiction your children have and to give you an idea of its potency, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. Sugar is also inflammatory, acidic in the body and notably, seems to be added to every unnatural food your children eat.
Sugar Depresses The Immune System
Sugar as the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” of our modern-day diet. It may be sweet to eat but the effects of sugar on children's health is anything but healthy. An undisputed 1973 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that sugar depresses the immune system. This may be why you may see your children coming down with colds and the flu, particularly around the holiday seasons when sugar consumption is high.
There are at least sixty-one names for sugar that are hidden in plain sight in your fast and processed foods, drinks, condiments and yes, even in your toothpaste. The old phrase “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” sums up perfectly how sugar can even mask the taste of ill-tasting medication, which is ironic because it actually depresses the immune system. Sugar is also the catalyst for exacerbating cancer, diabetes, mood swings and, inflammation, which are prevalent in all chronic disease.
How To Cut Sugar Out Of Your Child’s Diet
The first and most emphatic recommendation to get refined sugar out of your children’s life is to do it cold turkey and do it now.
Because our cells require some sugar, the quality of our sugar intake matters. Luckily and not coincidentally, nature provides us with this source. Instill in your children a taste for the subtle sweetness of natural foods that have a nutritional benefit. Get excited about natural foods such as fruit, have fruit readily available, and your children will get excited about fruit too.
It is a far better alternative to swap refined sugar products with fresh fruit, for the simple reason that fruit is alkaline in the body and has an unmatched nutritional benefit in helping children grow and maintain their health. In contrast, refined sugar is acidic with no nutritional benefit and depresses their immune systems.
Generally, eating whole fruits in abundance will allow your children the sugar they crave without weight gain. In fact eating all the fruit they want will allow them to maintain a healthy weight, immune system and muscle and brain function, since natural sugar from fruit is what the human body requires to function optimally.
Fruit is healing, not disease promoting and it's high in fiber, which is important for children. Since the child isn’t receiving the sugar in blunt force, but instead receives the sugar gradually, this allows their body to deal with sugar in a slow manner, instead of at full impact, as in a sugar rush.
An example of getting sugar in full impact would be a soda, or a sugary, fruit-flavored drinks or processed snacks. The drink’s refined sugar content causes a swift spike in blood sugar levels, followed by a sudden drop. This immediately signals the body to store fat. This fat storing process does not occur when children eat whole fruits, since you’ve got the fiber, which helps with elimination and decreases belly fat.
Sugar Is A Cancer Enhancer
Not only is excess sugar the cause of weight gain and insulin resistance in both children and many adults, sugar is the reason disease occurs and cancer grows. – Otto Hendrich Warburg, biochemist, medical doctor and 1931, Nobel Prize recipient, looked at the difference between how normal cells use glucose versus how cancer cells use glucose. He postulated in his 1924 paper On metabolism of tumors, “the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.”
Notably, more research, which was published in the Oxford Journals showed that Warburg proved cancer feed on refined sugar. Sugar is acidic, thereby depleting oxygen from the blood and creating an environment for cancer to grow. After more than half century's research, the Warburg effect stands true for most types of cancer cells; however, its exact reasons and physiological values remain elusive.
Be that as it may, https://archive.unews.utah.edu/news_releases/does-sugar-feed-cancer-new-research-sheds-light-on-old-saying/ more recent studies conducted by the University of Utah have confirmed Warburg’s claim; “It’s been known since 1924 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth.”
Engaging Children In Eating Better Helps Them Switch Over To Better Sugar
Without delay, the only way to stop your children’s refined sugar habit is by doing it cold turkey, since there’s no way to wean off sugar. This doesn’t have to be a power struggle if eating fruit becomes more fun than eating processed junk. One way to begin is to get a juicer or high-speed blender and engage your children in the process of preparing their own fresh fruit juices and smoothies. This fun and engaging project encourages them to want to be healthy and makes kids more likely to taste the finished product!
Parents Need To Lead
Without parental intervention, overweight infants and young children will likely continue to be overweight during their childhood, adolescence and adulthood, according to the Childhood Obesity Foundation.
Refined sugar is highly addictive, similar to drugs and alcohol. Sugar is not something you want your children hooked on. It is the main reason they overeat, gain weight, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the reason they develop disease. Each time a child craves sugar offer them fresh, whole fruit instead, until their palate adjusts to being without it.