What law is there that kids need something sweet?
Can somebody please tell me where it’s written that a child needs to have something sweet to drink or something sweet to eat?
This is one of those "collective consciousness things" that's wormed it's way into the subconscious of parents everywhere.
You know, I’m working with a lady right now who’s got an autoimmune thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis--that’s the name of it. And we’re talking... and one of the main things we have to do for her is help clean up her diet. We’ve got to get her away from sugar; we’ve got to get her away from gluten, away from these other things.
And we’re going over her diet history at our follow-up appointment, and she says something to the effect of,
“Well, I don’t have those LIttle Debbies for me anymore, but the kids like that.”
And I said, “I’m sorry? What?”
SHe says...“The kids like that.”
So I said, “It’s okay for them to have Little Debbie Snack Cakes but it’s not okay for you to have Little Debbie Snack Cakes?”
And she kind of thought about it and she said, “Well, I never really thought about it like that.”
“They don’t need that stuff. You’ve been brainwashed by advertising pointed directly at your kids that tells you that it’s okay that they drink SunnyD and sports drinks, and they need to have peanut butter and jelly in their lunch box. That’s BS.”
So many of the chronic problems that walk into my office, both neurological and metabolic, start with what we’re eating... and the path to sickness starts when we’re kids.
My little girl goes to a daycare and I kid you not...
That’s right...pudding. And then washing it down with a bottle of fruit juice (to be fair, diluted).
Where does that mindset come from?
You do not need to get calories from sugar.
And kids, for God’s sakes, don’t need to get their calories from sugar. Get calories from food.
Yeah, some foods have sugars in them, but let’s not just give them license to eat whatever they want and drink whatever they want.
It’s no wonder we have a childhood obesity problem in this country. But this is also why degenerative conditions are on the rise--the bad habits started as a youngster.
Many of the problems that you will see when you get older, diabetes, memory, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, all of these are linked to abnormal blood sugar.
So when I look at anybody, I don’t care what the problem is, I’ve got four priorities.
# 1. Anemia
# 2. Blood Sugar regulation
And three and four we’ll talk about at some other time.
Every cell in your body runs on sugar. Every cell in your kid’s body runs on sugar.
They want something sweet because they’ve had something sweet before and now they’ve got a little bit of addiction to it. The brain chemistry is changed.
There’s a place in the brain called the nucleus accumbens that's starting to fire and that’s where it starts, people.
Do yourself a favor and stop doing this to your kids. They do not need it.
Now, attached to that, I mean we’re talking about fruit juice, and I wasn’t gonna say this, but I’m gonna get it out now.
I have a relative whose pediatrician told her that her 10 month old needed to start getting more of his calories from juice.
Kids don’t need fruit juice. I know, that sounds heretical. You might think, “Whoare you? Why do you have to say this?”
Believe me, they don’t need fruit juice. Give them maybe some whole fruit, some pureed fruit, but don’t give them fruit juice.
Why? Because it is straight up sugar. (Yeah, I know it’s fructose, but it is sugar.)
You need the fiber to slow things down.
So here’s the takeaway for today---
Don’t let your kids get started on a bad dietary habit that’s gonna eat themselves into chronic degenerative conditions down the road.
Have some foresight. They don’t know. Train them now.
You need to be the influence on them that shows them what they need to eat and drink...
Not TV...not commercials...not cartoons.
Oh...and obviously kids DON'T need sugar.
© 2009 Dr. David Clark
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Dr. David Clark
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist