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What we feed our children will affect not only how they feel, how they learn, and how they behave today but how they function in the future. So, it’s our job as parents to look out for them and make sure they’re nourishing their bodies — unfortunately, it’s really easy to end up with a lot of sugar in your diet in today’s world, with sugar-loaded processed foods conveniently and cheaply available everywhere. And the unfortunate reality is that sugar is insidiously bad for you, and today, you’re going to learn exactly how and why.
Our guests are Michael Goran, PhD, and Emily Ventura, PhD, MPH, co-authors of “Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do.” Both Michael and Emily are also parents, so they understand what each of us are going through and how much effort it takes to take care of our children and protect them from the hidden sugars that creep into our lives at every opportunity.
You will learn about...
The different types of sugar
Why some types of sugar are more damaging to kids than others
Why our evolutionary biology makes kids more vulnerable to the damaging effects of sugar
What sugar does to our bodies and brain
The importance of what you eat when you break your fast (i.e. the first meal of the day)
The metabolic impact of sugar intake
The impact of sugar on academic performance
Why you might want to try one week off sugar in your family
It’s not necessarily about cutting sugar out of your life altogether, but being intentional about when you’re eating sugar and being aware what it does to your body
Why you can’t rely on sugar substitutes
Natural sweeteners that can be used instead of processed white sugar
Making food fun
Some of Michael and Emily’s favorite recipes
Why you should aim to not buy anything with more than 3 grams of added sugar
Michael and Emily’s sugar-free self-care
The effects of eating added sugars while pregnant
Be Well By Kelly is a production of Crate Media