“Sugar is harming our children”


Swedish science journalist Dr. Ann Fernholm has been very active in the sugar debate lately:

The extremely sugary products, which the industry is marketing with happy characters should be banned; foods that we’d never even let our pets eat, should not be sold as food for our children.

Here’s her great opinion piece at SVT Opinion translated from Swedish:

“Sugar is harming our children”

“The extremely sugary products, which the industry is marketing with happy characters should be banned; foods that we’d never even let our pets eat, should not be sold as food for our children”, writes Ann Fernholm.

The year 2014 was the year when the health care system started to perform weight-loss surgery on children in Sweden. Before even turning 18, their stomachs will be bypassed. The surgery is irreversible.

Never before have children weighed as much as today’s generation. What was once called adult-onset diabetes, now affects people in their 20’s.

All adults should accept responsibility for this situation. We give our children inferior food. At the same time the agency that should promote a healthy diet focusses on the wrong target.

Some day-care centers and schools are having parties each and every week. Sometimes with unlimited sweets. But the agency responsible for our dietary guidelines is focussing on something else: removing milk fat. They’d rather see a sweetened low-fat yoghurt, where 30 percent of the calories comes from sugar, than a version richer in fats.

For almost 45 years agencies have had this rigid attitude towards fat. During this time the obesity problem has only grown worse. In 2014 science shows that fat doesn’t harm a body, not even the saturated fat.

Three different reviews of scientific results show the same thing: there is no connection between saturated fat and heart disease. A number of other studies associate full-fat dairy products with a lower weight. But our agencies for dietary guidelines maintain: dairy fat is deadly.

It’s time for the agencies issuing dietary guidelines to accept the picture that is emerging in the scientific world: it’s the sugar that’s harming kids.

There are probably several mechanisms. One is that our bodies lack a satiety hormone for fructose, one of the sugars in common household sugar. The calories may therefore gain entry without being registered.

Another likely reason is that an over-consumption of fructose leads to fatty liver, which in the long run may lead to a metabolic disturbance that causes obesity.

The agencies’ extreme stand on saturated fats is only causing children to consume more sugar. The school snack’s sugary low-fat yogurt with easily digested cereals goes directly to the blood stream and disappears.

Hungry children on their way to sports practice instead get cookies, cinnamon buns, a muesli bar or sugary rice products (“Risifrutti”) to survive until dinner. Less fat in the diet leads to a higher consumption of sugar.

Unfortunately, the agencies have completely bought the old arguments in the debate: that children are not eating more sugar today than before the obesity epidemic hit.

They’re using very incomplete statistics from the agricultural agency, where the agency hasn’t kept up with all new artificial sweeteners, for example high fructose corn syrup, inverted sugar and concentrated fruit juices. When the latter is added to a product, it may be labelled with “no added sugar”, regardless how sweet it is.

It’s time that the agencies responsible for dietary guidelines allow kids to eat more fat, and instead use their resources to sanitize kids’ lives from sugar. The agencies’ own statistics reveal that kids are consuming too much sugar.

Schools and day-care centers should be sugar-free zones. The extremely sugary products, which the industry is marketing with fun figures should be banned; foods that we’d never even let our pets eat, should not be sold as food to our children.

But again – all adults have a responsibility towards all children. No fifteen-year-old should be subjected to surgery and wake up with an esophagus directly connected to the small intestine. It’s time to turn the tide.

(Original article in Swedish, by science journalist Dr. Ann Fernholm, Sweden, PhD molecular biotechnology)


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  1. Zepp
    Its here on Youtube!

    "Low Carb Diet: Fat Or Fiction | ABC Catalyst | Dr Maryanne Demasi"


    Watch it and send the link to others!

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  1. Paul the rat
    Acta Diabetol. 2014 Nov 12. [Epub ahead of print]
    NETosis is induced by high glucose and associated with type 2 diabetes.
    Menegazzo L1, Ciciliot S, Poncina N, Mazzucato M, Persano M, Bonora B, Albiero M, Vigili de Kreutzenberg S, Avogaro A, Fadini GP.
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    The role of neutrophils in diabetes and its complications is unclear. Upon challenge with microbes and inflammatory triggers, neutrophils release enzymes and nuclear material, forming neutrophils extracellular traps (NETs) and thereby dying by NETosis. We herein tested NET formation and NETosis products in high glucose and in the setting of type 2 diabetes (T2D).
    NETosis was assessed in vitro in cells exposed to 0, 5, 25 mM glucose and 25 mM mannitol, DMSO and PMA using immunofluorescence staining for elastase, DNA and chromatin. Single-cell morphometric analysis was used to detect enter of elastase in the nucleus and extrusion of nuclear material. Release of NETs was quantified by staining with Hoechst 33342. In 38 T2D and 38 age- and sex-matched non-diabetic individuals, we determined plasma elastase, mono- and oligonucleosomes and double-strand (ds) DNA, as circulating NETosis products.
    NETosis was accurately reproduced in vitro: high (25 mM) glucose increased NETosis rate and release of NETs compared with 5 mM glucose and 25 mM mannitol. T2D patients showed increased plasma elastase, mono- and oligonucleosomes and dsDNA compared with non-diabetic control individuals. A positive correlation was found between HbA1c and mono- and oligonucleosomes, whereas dsDNA was correlated with the presence of nephropathy and cardiovascular disease. Serum IL-6 concentrations were higher in T2D compared with CTRL and correlated with serum dsDNA levels.
    High glucose and hyperglycemia increase release of NETs and circulating markers of NETosis, respectively. This finding provides a link among neutrophils, inflammation and tissue damage in diabetes.

  2. Murray
    Thanks, Paul. Have you read Tripping over the Truth? It seems we are in the midst of a Kuhnian scientific revolution in cancer research, with the Otto Warburg metabolic theory displacing the exhausted, and failed, genetic model of cancer. This paper is more evidence in favour of the paradigm of cancer as a metabolic disease, and not a genetically caused disease. Of course this means the consumption of acellular starch and sugar is a prime driver of cancer, so the prospect of reversing grain-centred official dietary guidelines means there are powerful vested interests to cling to the failed genetic model.

    It also means there is realistic hope for genuine advances in cancer treatment ... but for the inertia and active resistance of vested interests. We are fighting the good fight in promoting the science of LCHF--much more than reversing obesity is at stake.

  3. Murray
    Did you see that the Catalyst science program on Australian broadcasting company on LCHF was yanked after less than 24 hours? Looks like the active resistance of vested interests.
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  4. Zepp
    Its here on Youtube!

    "Low Carb Diet: Fat Or Fiction | ABC Catalyst | Dr Maryanne Demasi"


    Watch it and send the link to others!

    Reply: #8
  5. Amy
    Food industry = biological genocide. And they all laugh their way to the bank while they do it.
  6. RS
    New film: ORIGINS

    "The first movie focused on how toxins have changed our human DNA and how to prevent the modern world from making you sick."

  7. Zepp
    Anybody frome down under that loked att this.. I loked at it twice now, its better the second time!

    No banting trix, no magical short time benefits, more a life style change, even the nutrionist seems to se the benefits if one only eat real healty food stuff and dont cut corners for a fast weightloss!


    Either the team is very good or there are something happen in Australia/NZ?

    Is there happen anything in Australia.. I think Tim Noakes made something happen in SA, but SA is a poor country, at least the majority of there population.

    But in Australia thats rich, there would be a bigger midell class that often is those that adopte new trends!

  8. Dom
    Sorry, I have no where else to ask, and it is not exactly on topic.

    I am wondering if I am drinking too much milk, I drink whole milk, but its is only 4% fat, I was actually surprised as I thought that it was higher than that, I wonder how much fat percentage is in the milk elsewhere.

    I drank about 3 pints today, which is probably about average. according to the package 96 grams of sugar! I have been drinking milk like this since starting on LCHF, and so though i knew to be careful on dairy I thought the whole milk was ok, but obviously looking at this it isn't, lol so I answer my own question.

    Anyway, perhaps it is not, and if it is be careful those who are starting out, or those who like milk.

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  9. Magnus
    Drinking milk is not a part of the LCHF lifestyle.There's simply put too much sugar in milk to consume in significant amounts. Pick fatter milk products to consume and switch to drinking water instead, if you like those. That way you avoid eating too much milk sugar.

    Eat your calories, don't drink them.

  10. jim
    Whole milk is (approximately) 4% protein, 4% fat and 4% sugar. Therefore (from an LCHF point of view) not recommended.

    Better pick cheese (largely lactose-free due to ageing) or cream (e.g. 30% fat vs 3% lactose).

    Careful with cottage cheese and other kinds of quark/green/curd cheese. They contain around 4% of lactose, just like milk. High fat variants may be OK (for their fat and protein) - in moderation.

    Avoid buttermilk and whey. They are almost fat-free, but contain all the lactose.

  11. Lori Miller
    It's not only too carby, but milk and some other dairy products raise insulin above and beyond what the sugar in them will do. Look at it this way: milk is a substance that helps a calf grow into a 1200-pound cow.

    Even cream isn't unlimited on Atkins induction. You're allowed a few tablespoons a day, IIRC. Hard cheese--4 ounces.

    I don't know how insulinogenic whey protein powder is, but it's low in carbohydrate. Again, though, that doesn't necessarily mean you can eat all you want and still lose weight.

    While low-carb isn't all about the calories, that doesn't mean calories don't count. Three pints of milk has over 900 calories. That's more than enough to derail weight loss.

  12. Zepp
    I can altso came with an answer.. to all the others good answers!

    Milk is a special nutrient solution for mamal childs, so they grow and put on weight!

    Its very nutritius.. but if you dont need to put on weight, eat it not in that form, eat the healty fat, and cheese.. other often feremeted products.. or cream in your coocking!

    Dont drink your calories if you are prone to put on weight!

    Dairys shall not replace proper meals, instead use it in your cocking!

  13. Murray
    I spent a good amount of time watching mares and foals. The foals typically chased each other around in large circles and would then rear up toward each, locking forelegs. This would tire them out and then they would each trot back to their mares and nurse. It struck me then that milk is nature's perfectly bio-engineered post-workout drink.

    Milk has easily available sugar, which is readily taken up by glycogen-depleted muscle cells (post-workout). The whey protein is highly insulinogenic which helps move both muscle-building protein and sugar faster into muscles cells. The casein protein en-"cases" essential minerals for delivery into the gut, along with a vast array of fatty acids to facilitate nutrient absorption and otherwise to provide essential fatty acids.

    So milk is beneficial right after an intense workout when glycogen is depleted and protein required for muscle-building to drink milk.

    For other occasions, though, cheese is a better option, because the sugar has been consumed by bacteria and much of the whey protein has been drained off. Young Little Miss Muffet might do well on curds and whey, but adult Miss Muffet will have an easier time not becoming Big Miss Muffet if she eats just the curds.

  14. Dom
    Thanks everyone,

    It is so obvious really, I must be stupid lol.

    Anyhow, I can't put cheese in my tea lol, so either cut down on tea, use cream, or do both.

    I think I will limit to about two/four teas daily, using cream, drink water at other times, this is easily achievable I think. 4 cups with 30ml of cream a day only amounts to 2g of sugar.


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  15. Zepp
    Why not?

    In Sweden we got coffe cheese!

    Would probably do the same with tea?


    Ha.. strange people those around Baltic sea?

  16. Lori Miller
    Don't be too hard on yourself--it took me a few years of studying nutrition to figure out that too much dairy gives me acne. I can't eat cheese or take cream in my coffee on a regular basis. I finally just sucked it up and got used to drinking my coffee black.

    You might enjoy Candy Cane Lane tea made by Celestial Seasonings--I'm not affiliated with them, it's just one of my favorites. Despite the name, there's no sugar or other sweetener in it, but the mint, vanilla and orange make it taste sweet.

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  17. Nan
    The western world's food industry has created millions of sugar addicts, aided by governments, who are always waging "war" on other drugs that are in general less addictive than sugat. Go figure.


  18. Dom
    Zepp, yes strange people but they are my ancestors I think, anyhow lol. I might try the coffee cheese though.

    Lori, I can't drink tea or coffee black, I doubt i could ever get used to it, also I drink spiced teas but still cannot drink them black.

    I have another question if its ok, about split peas, and whether they are ok, I've tried google and find an Atkins recipe for split pea soup, this is the nutrition info from wikipedia.

    Carbohydrates 60 g
    Sugars 8 g
    Dietary fiber 26 g

    So they stand out as obviously a no-no. Also, I am not intending to make a soup, I want to make pease pudding, basically the boiled peas mashed into a paste.

    Thanks, if you can help, assuming anyone sees, i did not want to go off topic on the new post. lol.

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  19. Zepp
    Try cream in coffe/tea,, less for same whitening effect, more fat and less laktose!
  20. Robert from Plumstead
    Hi. Been on LCHF 10 months. lost kgs, improved metabolic numbers all good. visited cardiologist for annual checkup. He said great numbers vastly improved and took me off statins and blood pressure and Lanoxin meds Yeehah!!!
    He also said that LCHF means lower Serotonin and more mood swings - is that so? and what to do about it? Anybody know?
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  21. Zepp
    Its more theoretical!

    Yeah.. one need insulin for getting the different amino acids going to the right places.

    But you always gonna get a insulin secretion by eating protein/amino acids!

    i would be more worryed of a to high insulin level that put different amino acids in the wrong places.. but thats altso theoretical!

    Its about that amino acids for muscles shall go to protein syntesis and Tryptophan shall end up in your brain as a substrat for Serotonin!

    And I can tell you that Serotonin concentration have a lot more to do with social status and self estimation.. those are linked!


    There are more to be concern about Dopamin.. its a feelgood hormone and it likes glucose spikes.. it love any other spikes too!

    Its about addiction.. if you dont get your Dopamine reward. you get low.. till you dont is an addict anymore and find other things for reward.. or lower your treshold for feelgood!


    Soo.. now you can tell him that one dont need to be addicted to sugar spikes for serotonine levels in ones brain!

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