How is sugar affecting your daily life?


Do you feel like you’re on an emotional roller-coaster? Are your kids regularly misbehaving, anxious or sick? Sugar is one of the worst ingredients in the modern diet and reducing your intake could be the answer you are seeking.


Here are SOME facts about sugar:

  • it can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate, poor impulse control, and crankiness;
  • it increases hormones that control appetite and fat-storage that cause obesity;
  • it can cause insulin resistance which leads to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome; and
  • it causes tooth decay.


Did you know?

“Sugar” is listed on food labels by many names, including corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice, glucose, maltodextrin, maltose, and molasses.


How can I reduce our family’s sugar intake?

  • Read labels, being on the lookout for sugar in any form;
  • Drink water, not soft drinks or juices. This applies to adults and children;
  • Replace sugar with the natural sweetener, stevia in your coffee;
  • Eat mainly fresh, unprocessed foods;
  • Plan ahead and have healthy snacks and water organised; and
  • Know that it’s ok to say NO.

Be prepared for your children to nag and whine at first, but keep the big picture in mind: you’re trying to give them better health and a better quality of life – for the rest of their life.


Article provided by Mel Gichrist from Dietflex for the Silkstone State School newsletter.