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Fructose The Sweet Treat That Can Kill

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

In today's world, childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common, and so are metabolic disorders in children. One of the leading culprits of this trend is excessive fructose in the diet.

Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits and honey, as well as in processed foods and sweetened beverages. While naturally occurring fructose is not harmful, excessive consumption of added fructose (HFCS) has been linked to various health issues, including metabolic disorders.

Metabolic disorders are a group of conditions that affect the body's metabolism, the process by which food is broken down into energy. Research shows that excessive fructose consumption is associated with an increased likelihood of developing metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes in children.

One study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that sweetened beverages, which are high in fructose, were associated with increased insulin resistance in children. Another study published in Nutrients found that high-fructose corn syrup consumption is positively associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease risk in children.

So what can parents do to prevent and heal from metabolic disorders in their children? The first step is to reduce the consumption of added fructose in the diet. Here are some healthy food options for children:(Use organic foods when available)

  1. Fruits: One of the best ways to satisfy a child's sweet tooth without the harmful effects of added sugar is through the consumption of fruits. Fruits are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a healthy snack alternative to sugar-filled treats. Do not consume fruit juices, they are loaded with fructose without the fiber to slow down the rate of sugar absorption. Not to mention the added chemicals and preservatives.

  2. Vegetables: Incorporating more vegetables into a child's diet is a great way to limit the intake of added fructose. Vegetables are low in sugar and high in fiber, making them an excellent source of nutrients for growing children.

  3. Protein: Protein-rich foods such as eggs, grass fed and free range meats, and beans are great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and reducing fructose consumption. Encourage children to eat protein-rich snacks instead of sugar-filled treats.

  4. Whole grains: Replace refined grains such as white bread and pasta with whole-grain alternatives such as whole-wheat bread. Whole grains are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and can help prevent metabolic disorders in children. Make sure the whole wheat products aren't just made with flour. Real whole wheat is crumbly and doesn't hold together well and is heavier than regular bread.

In conclusion, excessive fructose consumption is a leading cause of metabolic disorders in children. Parents can reduce their child's risk by limiting the intake of added fructose in the diet and avoiding foods with syrups like (HFCS) High Fructose Corn Syrup and Brown Rice Syrup among others and by incorporating healthy food options such as organic fruits, vegetables, grass fed protein, and whole grains. By making these simple changes, parents can help their children maintain good health and prevent the onset of metabolic disorders.

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