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Is Your Child Full of 18 Years’ Worth of Sugar?

If you’re wondering why so many children are struggling with their weight or have so many cavities, you may want to look for the hidden sugars in the everyday foods they’re eating. According to Public Health England, the average 10-year-old has already consumed the equivalent of the recommended sugar limit for an 18-year-old.

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And, The Guardian reports, this adds up to health problems that extend into adulthood, such as obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

As mentioned in the featured article, from cereals to yogurts to just about anything that comes in a package, processed foods are loaded with hidden sugars put in there to make what you’re eating more palatable. In fact, a whopping 74 percent of packaged foods contain added sugars — all hiding behind 61 different names, some of which you probably don’t even recognize!

Thousands of studies demonstrate how bad these added sugars are for you but, still, the sugar industry insists that it’s not sugar that’s causing your or your children’s health problems. Not only that, the industry goes so far as to claim sugar is an important part of a healthy “balanced” diet.

When you consider that the media blindly trusts industry press releases making these absurd claims, and reprints them, you have a recipe for a lifetime of weight gain, tooth decay and chronic health issues if you go along with them too.

If you doubt just how far the industry will go to push its agenda, then know that evidence shows that the sugar industry influenced the scientific agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research (now the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research), which back in 1971 created a national caries program, downplaying any links between sugar consumption and dental caries.

The bottom line is processed foods are the primary sources of added sugars — and that includes baby foods and many so-called “healthy” foods. With so much sugar being added under so many different names, moderating your sugar intake can be extremely difficult, but it is possible to be successful if you know how to approach it.

Making permanent changes to your lifestyle and nutritional choices is easier when you know the why behind the change. You can see a quick list of the 76 different ways sugar negatively impacts your health in the article, “The Truth About Sugar Addiction.

Another super easy first step toward sugar reduction is to simply refuse to purchase or eat anything that comes in a box, can or bottle. Whole, organic, non-GMO foods provide your body with the nutrition you need to function optimally and natural sugars bound to fiber that reduces your net carbs.

On processed foods you do purchase, scour the label for ingredients that represent sugar to evaluate the total amount. The less sugar you eat, the less you’ll crave. Also, avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

On the plus side, increasing healthy fats in your diet can help increase satiety and reduce cravings for something sweet. Avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds increase your healthy fat content, fill you up and reduce your sweet cravings.

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