Sugar is a confusing substance. Recently, it has been identified by the medical community as a factor in excessive body weight in both children and adults, and obesity-fighting campaigns now advocate for no sugar and no added sugar in adult and children’s diets. Additionally, the advocacy community is actively campaigning against the consumption of high fructose corn syrup –activity which has drawn counter advocacy from the corn industry.
It is nearly impossible to eat processed food of any kid without getting some sugar. This poses problems that diabetics have dealt with for years, but also confuses those who are watching their weight, or trying to reduce their sugar intake.
The debate around sugar, and especially sugary drinks has made it confusing for adults to understand how much sugar is safe, the role it plays in weight gain, as well as metabolic disease, and most importantly, how to avoid it.
Key Point 1
Sugar comes in several different forms, the specific type of sugar you eat, and how your body metabolizes it, may make a different in your weight and your overall health.
Key Point 2
Changes in diet have to be self-motivated, making small changes like cutting excess sugar out of your diet, can often make a large change in your health.
Conduct an off-site search for Sugar from MedlinePlus. These up-to-date search results are based on search terms specific to Second Opinion Key Points.
There are a very large number of organizations and websites dedicated to Sugar. This is only a partial list.
NY Times Article: Is Sugar Toxic?
The Bitter Truth: Dr. Robert Lustig’s May, 2009 lecture posted on You Tube.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States - triple the rate from just one generation ago.
KidsHealth.org: As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.