My youngest daughter recently had her first day in day care.
The centre provides meals and snacks for the children…my first challenge was when the chef, in a friendly tone labelled her the ‘sugar free kid’, this challenged my beliefs; are we doing the right thing or are we setting her up to be treated different? I was delighted when her Group Leader asked for recipes we use at home so she can do a cooking activity with the children.
We are cautious with what we feed our children, opting for unrefined and fresh choices. We choose not to feed our toddler refined sugar, dairy or wheat.
My toddler was born with these amazing clear, blue eyes and over her short little life I have watched them change as they reflect inherited traits that include the potential for intolerances to wheat and dairy. By avoiding these, it allows her digestive system time to mature and strengthen so that in the future she will not be at risk of developing the chronic disease associated with these intolerances.
Refined sugar is simply not necessary, it is an energy source void of any nutritional benefit and is not utilised by the body for any biochemical reaction, it promotes metabolic syndrome (combination of dyslipidemia, hypertension and insulin resistance) and it is addictive…alcohol also contains calories, but no nutrition and is also not required by the body for any biochemical reaction, alcohol is also addictive.
Refined sugar and alcohol are not damaging because of the excess calories that contribute to weight gain; they are damaging because of the toxins they create. These toxins damage the liver and form visceral fat; visceral fat contributes to heart disease and diabetes.
You do not need to be inactive and overweight to develop diabetes and heart disease; these factors have been shown to contribute. Countries such as Iceland, Mongolia and Micronesia have high levels of obesity with low levels of diabetes and the reverse was noted in India, Pakistan and China; low levels of obesity with high levels of diabetes.
For further reading on this topic go to journals.plos.org/plosone/srticle?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0057873 or www.ncbi.nlm.nig.gov/pubmed/25218728
We consume natural sugars in the form of fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates. These also contain the necessary co-nutrients required for the body to metabolise and utilise as glucose.
My children do not go without ‘sweet treats’, they regularly help me in the kitchen, get to sample the ingredients and lick the bowl clean. There is normally a stash of treats kept in the freezer for if we go anywhere that sugar may be served.
Here’s the link to one I like on the Quirky Cooking website. The recipe recommends 100gm of honey, I leave this out and use 500gm of bananas and also add walnuts and cacao nibs.
Many will argue “anything in moderation”, this may be true but it is up to the individual to ascertain the meaning of “moderation” and then live with the effects of that decision; be it positive or negative.