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Could unruly kids with ADHD-like problems be hypersensitive to sugar and wheat? Here’s yet another story about what can happen when parents try to exclude such foods:
OK, let’s try this. We’ll skip wheat and sugar. We started at the beginning of the school year. No wheat flour and no sugar (either at school or at home). Three days later we already noticed a significant difference and now, 4 weeks later, we’re not the only ones cheering…
The original story here: ADHD or Too Much Sugar? (Google translated from Swedish)
Many experts have previously dismissed the association between sugar and ADHD. Studies designed to give children small amounts of sugar (up to a pint – half a liter – of soda) have not shown any significant short-term effect. But the effect of long-term use of large amounts of bad carbohydrates is unknown. And there’s a high-quality study that demonstrated a significant improvement from avoiding, among other things, sugar and wheat flour.
There are scientists who believe that ADHD symptoms are similar to withdrawal symptoms from drugs and thus may present because the child is addicted to junk food/sugar. If you remove this food, the problem would soon diminish, which seems to be a common experience among parents and teachers.
Do you have any experience with ADHD and a diet change? Continue Reading →
How many young people aren’t stuck in a sugar addiction, with all the problems that come with it? Toby was one of them.
Here’s his story about how he got himself a new life: Continue Reading →
Are you looking to quit smoking now that the new year is here? Then the statistics below – from a new article in The Lancet - may make you go for it.
The graphs below illustrate how big the chance is for a 30-year-old to survive until a certain age, depending on wether they smoke or not:
What do the graphs show us? That non-smokers live on average a decade longer than smokers. The chance of reaching your 80th birthday is now good in the western world… unless you’re a smoker. Then you’ll probably die earlier.
Previous smokers who quit, according to the same article, dramatically improve their odds. They will live almost as long as people who never smoked.
Do you want to see your grandchildren grow up? Then dump the cigarettes.
The Taxation Route
The article also includes intriguing figures on what happens in countries applying a hefty penalty tax on cigarettes. Presumably, a similar tax on sugar would yield similar results: Continue Reading →
Recently I received an e-mail from Marcus. Here’s his story: Continue Reading →
I recently got an e-mail from Tania Palagas, Australia about what happened when she switched from being a sugar junkie to eating an LCHF diet. Continue Reading →
Here is nurse Sofia Schiller’s story of two decades of struggling with her weight. And what happened when she, in spite of all she’d heard about the “fat cult”, dared to try LCHF: Continue Reading →
A new study finds that Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine or morphine – at least for lab rats.
- ConColl: Student-faculty research shows Oreos are just as addictive as drugs in lab rats
- Outside: Oreos as Addictive as Cocain
As usual this finding gets blamed on the “high-fat, high-sugar” nature of the cookies. Is that really right?
I checked the nutrition panel on Swedish Oreos and they are 65 percent carb (mostly sugar) and only 21 percent fat. That’s high-sugar for sure, but it’s not really high-fat. Olive oil, at a hundred percent, is high-fat.
However, there’s no question that the fat is necessary to make the cookies taste better and be more addictive. Without fat these cookies would be as addictive as sugar straight from a bag – not very.
You can make sugar addictive without fat though, soda is a great example. Make it a fluid to be quickly absorbed and add caffeine for an extra addictive punch.
Fat can be necessary to make processed food taste better. But it’s likely the huge amount of sugar and flour in these cookies that makes the fat-storing insulin shoot through the roof and makes people fat.
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is addictive and bad for health, according to the head of Amsterdam’s health service. He calls sugar “the most dangerous drug of the times”:
It may sound like an exaggeration today, but in the future this message will likely be totally accepted.
A calorie is not a calorie. There are plenty of studies demonstrating how different kinds of food affect us in different ways – despite having the same number of calories.
Recently another interesting study was published. The participants were served milkshakes that were identical in every way, except how rapidly digested the carbs were.
The milkshakes with rapidly digested carbs quickly resulted in a higher blood sugar. But after 4 hours the blood sugar was lower and the participants were hungrier. They also had increased activity in brain regions connected to cravings for food.
In other words: fast carbs makes you hungrier, increases cravings and makes you want to eat more food.
The findings are yet another reason why a calorie is not a calorie. Another reason why the weight advice to “just eat fewer calories” rarely works long term. Soon the only true believers will be found at the marketing department of Coca Cola.
Why do people assume that everybody wants candy, no matter where you are? Has this become so normal?
The other day I was at a lunch restaurant, where you can buy healthful foods, such as a salad full of nutritious ingredients (my choices: chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, feta cheese). I chose mineral water to go with my salad.
As I was paying the cashier said “… and have some candy”. I answered “No, thank you”, but she had already thrown a handful of wrapped toffees into my grocery bag.
Did I seem like a customer who wanted candy with my healthful lunch? Apparently. One apparently assumes that EVERYONE wants it nowadays. It’s normal to eat candy, at any time.
The Twist of the Tale
It’s of course voluntary to eat the candy you are given. It’s your own responsibility what you put in your mouth, no one else’s. I have chosen not to eat candy. So, do you think I ate them? Continue Reading →
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