South Carolina Is FED UP

When asked to speak for a group of third and fourth graders about making "healthy choices," I picked the topic that most children have in common ... sugar! I began our discussion with one simple question. "If your parents came into the room and saw you eating out of the sugar bowl, what would they say?" One young man stated it best. "Are you crazy? Put that spoon down!" "Why would your parents say that?" I asked. Another little girl could barely contain herself. Waving her hand furiously she blurted out, "Because all that sugar is bad for you!" Out of the mouths of babes. When I talk to children, teens or adults, they all inherently know that too much sugar is indeed bad for us. When we get down to specific food items that are "bad for us," the obvious choices are listed: donuts, cakes, candy, syrup, jelly. In actuality, many of the processed foods and beverages we consume every day are affecting our health. These are the same foods that, through clever marketing and packaging, make us feel good about our choices, convincing us that by offering them to our families, we're actually contributing to their happiness and wellbeing. Where does our sweet tooth begin? For some, it could be from infancy. Take a look at infant formula and note the amount of sugar, or even the absence of sugar listed. In 2013, a concerned grandmother from Chicago wondered why her granddaughter had gained four pounds in one month after the infant was switched from breast milk to formula. Curi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news