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ZERO Added Sugar to Children Below the Age of 2, Recommends the American Heart Association

Maybe giving sugar to your child isn't such a great idea

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The new recommendations about sugar and kids from the American Heart Association is out. After reviewing the science they recommend ZERO added sugar to children below the age of two, for health reasons.

The AHA also recommends limiting intake to less than 25 grams a day (6 teaspoons) for older children. And a maximum of one sugar-sweetened beverage per week.

Of course, this is far less sugar than most kids today consume.

While the AHA still adhere to an outdated fear of natural fats, at least it’s good that they are getting very aware of the health dangers of added sugar.

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Can Unstable Blood Sugar Lead to Sugar Binges?

Ask Bitten Jonsson

Can blood sugar swings lead to sugar binges?

This and other questions (do antidepressants increase hunger?) are answered this week by our food addiction expert, Bitten Jonsson, RN:

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Breaking Up with Sugar Addiction

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What is it like being a sugar addict? And what is it like to struggle to break free from it?

In this presentation from the recent Low Carb USA conference Karen Thomson, former model and a recovering cocaine and sugar addict, talks about her personal journey to quitting sugar (and other drugs). For her a big part of the solution was starting to eat an LCHF diet.

It’s really one of the most powerful talks of the entire conference.

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Breaking Up With Sugar Addiction – Karen Thomson

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Great News: Sugar is OK (Don’t Think So!)

Apparently, it’s now OK to eat sugar. There’s no convincing link between sugar and obesity or other diseases. This according to a new review of the science. Great news!

Springer Link: Sugars, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease: Results From Recent Randomized Control Trials

…Except if you look at the fact that this article, and it’s lead author Dr. Rippe, is funded by companies like Pepsi, Coca Cola, the Corn Refiners Association (manufacturing High Fructose Corn Syrup), ConAgra Foods, Kraft Foods etc. There might be a little tiny risk of bias involved.

I guess the bottom line is this: Sugar is fine for your health, says the companies trying to keep selling it to you. And their pet scientist Dr. Rippe agrees, while pocketing some more sugar dollars.

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Is Sugar Toxic?


Is sugar toxic? Professor Robert Lustig is perhaps the number one enemy of Big Sugar. His famous YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been watched more than 6 million times.

In that video Lustig calls sugar toxic. So is it? Of course Dr. Lustig has had quite some pushback on that. Could sugar really be toxic? Isn’t it natural and part of the human diet since like forever?

In this interview, professor Robert Lustig explains it all. Watch a segment from it above (transcript). The full 30-minute interview is available on our member site:

Is Sugar Toxic? – Interview with Prof. Robert Lustig

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Cutting Sugar Rapidly Improves Heart Health Markers

Sugar – not just empty calories

Can a simple dietary change – just eating less sugar – make children’s risk of heart disease take a quick nose dive? Possibly.

In a new study (by Prof. Robert Lustig among others) researchers made obese children have less sugar, without changing calorie intake or macronutrients. They only substituted starch for sugar.

What happened? A fat associated with heart disease, triglycerides, decreased by 33% and there were dramatic reductions of small, dense LDL cholesterol (another risk factor for heart disease). All in ten days:

This supports the idea that sugar is uniquely problematic when it comes to heart disease risk. But the study did not have a control group, so the findings have be taken with a grain of salt (this is not an RCT).

Still, getting these big reductions in heart disease risk factors just by eating less sugar and more of something else, without changing body weight, and in just 10 days… it’s hard to ignore.

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“I Feel Better and My Head Feels Clearer”

Before and after

Rebecca became addicted to sugar already as a child, and since then it has been something that she has battled throughout her life. But it wasn’t until she read Bitten Jonsson’s book “The Sugar Bomb In Your Brain” (Swedish only) that she finally understood that she was a sugar addict.

Here’s how she at last came to find LCHF and the other tools to help her beat her addiction:
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The 15 Signs You Could Be a Sugar Addict

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Do you eat sugar when you’re upset? Can’t you imagine a life without it? Do you feel like you can’t stop eating once you’ve started, even if you decided “only to take a little piece”?

Here are 15 signs that could mean you’re suffering from sugar addiction:

DailyMail: The 15 Signs You Could Be a Sugar Addict

Studies show that sugary foods can be quite addictive, so it is something to be taken seriously. Especially since it often leads to a wide array of disease (including obesity).

Do any of these signs ring true to you?

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How Sugary Foods Have Become Unavoidable


4.7 out of 5 stars5 star87%4 star7%3 star0%2 star1%1 star3%54 ratings1,698 viewsWhy is sugar today just like tobacco a few decades ago? And what should we do about it?

Dr. Aseem Malhotra has quickly become the #1 enemy of Big Sugar in his native England. He routinely speaks up in the media about things that others keep quiet about.

In this presentation from the LCHF Convention Dr. Malhotra talks about how sugar has become the largest threat to public health today, and how we can stop it.

You can watch a segment above (transcript). The full longer presentation is on our member site:

Action on Sugar – Full presentation

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“Now Sugar Is the Bad Guy”

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Is fat or sugar the enemy when it comes to overcoming heart disease?

Last week, we wrote about an episode at CBC Radio that examined this question. Now it’s time for part 2, featuring experts such as Gary Taubes, Nina Teicholz and Dr. David Ludwig.

First, fat was the dietary bad guy. We were warned back in the 1980s to cut back on eggs, meat and full-fat dairy to avoid heart disease. So we started eating more bread, rice and pasta and fat-free snacks. But we got sicker and fatter. Now sugar is the bad guy. Contributor Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition — and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.

Listen to the program:

CBC Radio: Fat or Sugar, Part 2

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