Can ‘healthy schools’ really be a reality in today’s candy culture? Added sugar is everywhere. Talking ‘M & M’s, Frosted Flakes branded ‘health bars’ and ice cream flavors containing Double Stuff Oreos are clearly seen as obvious sources of sugar but what about the hidden amounts of sugar in sports drinks and health bars that our kids are eating and drinking in between their favorite sugar laden snacks?
While there are no specific sugar-consumption recommendations for kids, adults on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet shouldn’t eat more than 40 grams of added sugar. Yet your child will eat twice that in this one meal. And you haven’t factored in the syrup on her morning waffles, the soda she’ll drink after school, and the graham crackers she’ll munch on before bed.
“Most parents have no idea how much sugar their kids eat,” says Parents advisor Jennifer Shu, MD. “So much is added to even healthy foods that your child could eat what looks like a pretty balanced diet that’s still full of sugar.”
Consuming added sugars has been tied to an increased risk for heart disease among adolescents and cholesterol problems, according to the CDC.
“The amount of sugar consumed is still extraordinarily high,” Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, told WebMD. “The amount is still so far over what any rational physician, dietitian, or government agency would have us be eating.”
Armed with these sugar shocking statistics, the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic and Kathie Dolgin aka ‘High Voltage’ spent the past five years pioneering health and wellness outreach in NYC Public Schools with the nonprofit organization, EUVA (Energy Up!) www.energyup.org. Our mission was getting added sugar out of the schools. How well did we do?
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