Can Food Make You Angry?

We posted previously about sugar’s contribution to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, unreasonable spikes of rage and aggression that are becoming more and more common in children.

This article on the Word of Mouth Blog looks at the “food swings” caused by diets high in sugar, artificial trans-fats and other “bad” stuff. Sadly, the food-mood link hasn’t been widely accepted in the past. Hopefully that is changing now.

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45,000 pounds of sugar dumped in Times Square

From USA Today:

Over 45,000 pounds of sugar dumped in Times Square illustrates alarming child health trend

Snack company KIND dumped 45,485 pounds of sugar in Times Square Tuesday to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume.

The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than 100 calories (about six teaspoons) of added sugars, also known as free sugars, daily. But, children are eating much more than that — over 270 calories according to data in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most comes from sweetened drinks.

KIND estimates the average 9-year-old eats their weight in added sugar each year.

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Cut sugar consumption to dramatically improve children’s health!

From NaturalNews.com:

(Natural News) Nutritionists have observed that simply cutting sugar intake drastically improved the metabolic function among children in only two weeks. These results were published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and ends with a call for parents to take a stronger stance on their children’s diet. Authors of the nutritional review revealed that this straightforward reduction in processed sugar, particularly fructose, minimized fat synthesis in the liver. This in turn lessened the child’s risk of developing debilitating diseases such as fatty liver disease and type-2 diabetes.

These conclusions were made after conducting carefully-controlled experiments which involved determining the relationship between fructose and metabolic function. Researchers chose high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as their control variable, as this is normally the additive sugar found in many processed foods. They found that this specific sugar accelerated the conversion of energy to fat. To compare, glucose (which is the sugar found in cereals, vegetables, and fruits) is 20 percent metabolized in the liver and 80 percent in the entire body. Fructose, on the other hand (found in sugary drinks and in “healthy” salad dressings), is 90 percent metabolized in the liver. The simple sugar was even noted to convert to fat 18.9 times faster than glucose.

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Junk food ads targeting children banned in non-broadcast media

Interesting statistic – Research from Ofcom shows that young people aged five to 15 spend about 15 hours a week online, overtaking time spent watching TV for the first time.

Junk food adverts aimed at children are to be banned online, in print and in the cinema after a detailed consultation on the damage they do by encouraging children to eat fattening and unhealthy food.

Action on Sugar welcomed the new rules. “However, we need to see bans on advertising go further, as they currently do not manage exposure to these adverts during popular family programmes such as the X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent,” said its campaign manager, Jenny Rosborough, a registered nutritionist.

The need to act has become clear as children spend more and more time on computers and phones.

Source: Junk food ads targeting children banned in non-broadcast media | Society | The Guardian

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