The next trace mineral in our series from A to Zinc is chromium. Chromium is an essential micronutrient or trace mineral required for proper insulin function, healthy blood-sugar levels, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
The typical North American diet is deficient in chromium because of over-consumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars that are lacking in chromium. Soil depletion is also playing a role in chromium deficiency.
Because chromium deficiency leads to poor insulin utilization and metabolism, Continue reading “Trace Minerals: Chromium”
The American Heart Association (AHA) is suggesting that children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is only 25 grams.
According to the AHA, children are now getting way more than the suggested sugar limit of 25 grams and it is adversely affecting their health. A diet high in added sugars is strongly associated with weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol and fatty liver disease in children.
What is added sugar? Added sugar is anything added to a food that it wouldn’t normally contain. Table sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey used as an ingredient in processing, preparing foods or beverages, eaten separately, or added to a meal at the dining table are all considered added sugar. Common foods that have added sugar are soft drinks, candy and baked goods.
One can of soda alone contains on average 35 grams of sugar!!!!
If you want to learn more about sugar and its effects on the body, watch the documentary Fed Up and read these five things you may not have known about sugar, but you should: Continue reading “New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children”
I walked into the room where my kids were watching TV. Within a few short minutes, I was bombarded with commercials for highly sugared, highly processed nutrient-void “sub foods.” These commercials promised fun, friendship and a way into the “in crowd.”
What’s the REAL promise our children can count on?
- Insulin resistance, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and more.
- A lack of confidence because of the way they look and feel.
- A lower self-esteem because they’re not comfortable speaking up, stepping up and being a part of things that would help build their inner strength.
- Looks of disgust, judgment, gossip as well as isolation from those who have their opinions and share their opinions openly.
- Missed opportunities because they’re sitting on the sidelines vs. getting on the field.
Yes, I know these commercials work. Continue reading “Why We Have Obese Children”