To this point, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports evidence suggesting that sugar lowers phagocytic activity (in turn potentially lowering immunity).
Additionally, Sugar is associated with chronic inflammation, contributing to many diseases and according to Harvard Medical School, increasing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
Sugar upsets the balance of good and bad bacteria in our bodies, lowering immunity, and can manifest in children with cold and flu-like symptoms or other immune compromised issues.
I have seen this continuously in the Master The Body Clinic including coughs, colds, sinus infections, allergies and other respiratory ailments.
Did You Know That...
The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day.***
That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. ***
Children and teens are particularly at risk for excess sugar consumption.
Nutritionists suggest that Americans should get only 10% of their calories from sugar. This equals 13.3 teaspoons of sugar per day (based on 2,000 calories per day). The current average is 42.5 teaspoons of sugar per day!
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting total intake of discretionary calories, including both added sugars and fats, to 5% –15% per day. Yet children and adolescents in America obtain about 16% of their total caloric intake from added sugars alone ( meaning this does not include regular food sugars such as fruits).
How Much Sugar is that?
Two hundred years ago, the average American ate only 2 pounds of sugar a year. In 1970, we ate 123 pounds of sugar per year. Today, the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year! This is equal to 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar consumed in one week! ***
Seems troubling that YOU and YOUR CHILDREN are getting that much sugar?
Well, you’re likely getting sugar in places you didn’t know about…
Sugar comes in different forms and a variety of names. All of the following sweeteners provide you with calories and all have little or no nutritional value (known as ‘empty calories’), And are found in breads, drinks, chips meats and more. If you don’t check the label - you don’t know about it.
Corn sweetener Honey
Corn syrup Sorghum
Sorbitol Brown sugar
Syrup Fruit juice concentrate
As much as we all need another thing to do on a daily basis, I strongly recommend that you take this a few extra minutes on your trip to the grocery store to read labels. It will likely be a great learning experience for you and you can be happy in your investment of that time that you’re trying to make better choices for you and your kids health and immunity.
First, you’ll be shocked at how many things have extra sugars!
Second, you may have difficulty finding the items you’re looking for without sugar In them.
Lastly, It will likely be a great learning experience and you’ll be heartwarmingly happy in your investment of that time as you’re trying to make better choices for you and your kids health and immunity!
Personally, it has been a great frustration for me over the years having to search diligently to find animal, fish, dairy products, chips for my kids, flavored drinks, frozen fruits and vegetables or other products which do not contain extra sugar.
Of course, many of the artificial sweeteners have their own issues which is a topic for another article. Suffice to say that even media outlets such as CNN.com has gotten into the act, citing the negatives associated with them.
It is sufficiently safe to say based on the research, that we all should be avoiding both added sugars and artificial sweeteners in any kind of volume.
Manufacturers of food products want to keep consumers happy, so it’s in all of our best interest that we vote with our dollars and send our money to the company and producers that are conscious about what they are providing for the consumers to eat.
Dr. Lorn Allison