When SpongeBob SquarePants gets drunk on ice cream in his self-titled movie, he rants, reels, and generally steps in it. Apparently a sugar buzz can put even a high-strung animated character on a Rocky Road.
Well, now researchers are declaring that cartoon story is not so make-believe.
"Sugar is the alcohol of childhood!" says a panel of doctors, professors, researchers, and nutritionists who founded Action on Sugar (www.actiononsugar.org).
Their declaration of war on companies that target kids with obesity-inducing, sugar-rich foods — and their plea to adults to avoid them, too — builds on the information in a 2012 paper published in the “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” that revealed added fructose (from corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and a zillion other products) i a “chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin."
In fact, they say that high fructose corn syrup damages the liver just like alcohol does. And on top of that, it's metabolized directly into fat, not energy!
You've heard us say time and again that a healthy life depends on avoiding all added sugars and syrups. This report is just one more reason to protect your kids and yourself from the damage they can do.
So start with this: Check ingredients listings for added sugars, such as sucrose, glucose, syrup, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup or HFCS. Refuse to buy anything that has more than 4 grams per serving of those ingredients.
You can enjoy natural sweetness from fresh fruit, 100 percent whole grains, and big-flavor herbs like basil, mint, and lavender.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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