New study shows that American babies are just too darn sweet
Garden City Park, NY: A new study presented yesterday (Sun., June 10th) at the annual American Society for Nutrition meeting in Boston shows that children in the US between the ages of 19 to 23 months consume added sugar at levels higher than the maximum amount recommended for adults.
The study, led by nutritional epidemiologist Kirsten Herrick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds that sixty percent (60%) of our country's children start to eat and drink added sugar before their first birthday—where everyone in attendance also takes in added sugars after the birthday cake candles have been blown out. In addition to increasing a young child's tendency towards obesity, tooth decay, asthma, and increased likelihood for heart disease through high cholesterol and high blood pressure, added-sugar foods and beverages at a young age gets kids fairly addicted early in life to a diet filled with sugar but bereft of the kind of fiber and nutritional intake that is so key to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
None of this, of course, is at all surprising to pioneering nutritionist and bestselling health author Dr. Nancy Appleton. First published by Warner Books in the late 1970s, Dr. Appleton's debut book Lick the Sugar Habit was an early voice in the anti-sugar movement among those in the alternative health community. It also set the stage for Dr. Appleton's other more recent titles on the dangers of sugar consumption and addiction—first Suicide by Sugar a decade ago in 2008 ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0306-6), and then Killer Colas: The Hard Truth about Soft Drinks ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0341-7) in 2011. Each book remains a vital tool--and protective weapon—in the ongoing war between the perils of added sugar intake and the fight for better and longer high-quality health throughout our country.
In addition to the various physical illnesses that can befall our children earlier in life thanks to too much sugar, there are also developmental conditions such as ADD/ADHD and psychological issues like depression that are at play. While it remains a big struggle to remove added sugar from our kids' lives, having the right kind of information in hand like Dr. Appleton's books will do much to help you win the battles—and the war.