I was reading through a few journal articles today and going over some suggestions from you guys on what topics you would like to hear more about.
Sugar is always at the forefront of people's minds - especially those who have children. How much sugar are they consuming? What forms of sugar are out there? How do we read labels properly? What shelf products contain sugar?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a report released in April 2016, highlighted that Australians are STILL consuming up to 14 teaspoons of white sugar a day with the highest amount of sugar (up to 38 teaspoons a day!) being consumed by teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18.
The leading source of these sugar highs is coming from soft drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices, whilst the food component not surprisingly deriving from store bought muffins, cakes and slices.
One of the scariest things for me, is the fact that sugar is SO addictive... it releases the neurotransmitter 'Dopamine' into our brains when we eat it - this stimulates feelings of pleasure and happiness and therefore leaves our bodies craving more and more. Just like any other drug, whether it be cocaine or morphine, sugar triggers the same areas in our brain which can become the root cause of a full blown sugar addition. So why don't we have sugar regulation or bans just like we do for any other drug? Hopefully one day we will.
Excess sugar causes alarming amounts of stress on the body and is one of the leading causes of obesity and type 2 diabetes in our modern world. Not only does it lead to weight gain, but it provokes inflammation in all areas of the body - whether it be alzheimer's disease (inflammation of the brain), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (inflammation of the intestine), sugar can be a key factor in the release of inflammatory cytokines within the body which can worsen, trigger or prolong any type of inflammatory condition, not allowing the body to heal and repair as it should.
So what we can do on an every day basis to try to reduce the amount of sugar we, and our children are consuming?