With the sweetest holiday of the year for children approaching us, it feels appropriate to write about sugar. The corn industry wants to constantly remind us that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is just as safe as other sweeteners. Why the constant reminders? Have you ever seen an ad on TV defending broccoli, or other nutritious whole foods for that matter?
Sugar is an addictive substance. Too much sugar has been shown to have a similar affect on the brain as drugs. The spike in insulin makes you want more and more which creates an endless desire for more sweets. This holiday season, pass on the high fructose corn syrup. Dr. Mark Hyman states, “If you find ‘high fructose corn syrup’ on the label you can be sure it is not a whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.” Sugar free alternatives aren’t any better, but I’ll write about this in a separate post. Stay tuned!
This Halloween please choose organic treats. There are several organic candy companies that kids are sure to enjoy! Check with your local co-op or health food store for options. For a fun activity with your kids, make your own treats. Check out this healthy spin on gummy bears. Or try making caramel apples. Remember, sugar should only be enjoyed in moderation. If your child receives an excess of conventional Halloween candy, check with your dentist to see if they offer a Halloween candy buyback program. Many dentists will offer cash incentives for your child’s Halloween candy. If your dentist does not offer a buyback program, you can refer them at halloweencandybuyback.com.
Valerie Douglass, DTR