Feeding Your Family Too Much Sugar Might Make Them Dumber

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jellybeansBad news for all of you out there main-lining sugar. A new study out of UCLA found that rats who were fed a diet high in fructose were dumber than those who were fed stuff full of omega-3 fatty acids. They're hypothesizing that this would be the case, too, for children and adults who ingest a steady stream of soda, candy, and various other sugary snacks. Researchers are suggesting that what you eat affects how you think, and that eating a lot of junky crap will harm your brain's ability to learn and retain inform ... mmm. Jelly beans. Wait. What were we talking about? Where am I? Who are you? Mom?

The average American swallows about 47 pounds of cane sugar (which is sucrose) and 35 pounds of high-fructose sugar a year, so, you know HEADS UP, dummies. We're all making ourselves stupider by the second.

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Where was I? So scientists found that it only takes six weeks of a diet high in fructose to affect brain power, so don't think that your holiday binges won't catch up with you. You'll get fatter and dumber, for sure.

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What was I saying? OK, so yeah, when feeding your family this winter, try to avoid snacks and the ilk that are loaded with fructose. The easiest way to cut out this bad stuff is to give up the soda addiction once and for all, but ...

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Anyway, CBS says this is the first study to find that sugar's not only bad for the waistline, but bad for the brain, too, so, really, no time like the present to resolve to consume less of these toxic crystals in the new year or ...

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Do you monitor your family's sugar intake?

 

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MissC... MissCatalina

This post sounds like it was written by Demi Moore, trying to be young again.

tuffy... tuffymama

I'm glad one of the staff of The Stir said it, because I've said sugar is making your kids dumb and I've been jumped on for it. The truth is a painful bitch. It takes no more effort to feed good food than crap. Not just our individual children's futures depend on it, but the futures of our nation and world.

Rae.302 Rae.302

Love this! Haha, point made.

zombi... zombiemommy916

I'm gonna go ahead and say that if you're feeding your kids a STEADY diet of soda, candy, and sugar-filled substances...then it's painfully obvious you're not too invested in their future to begin with...IMO, of course...

Flowe... FlowerMama100

Wow, what a horribly controlled study.  Comparing sugar to Omega-3s, which are important for increasing  brain development.  The control should have had a group on a normal rat diet without the excess sugar. 

nonmember avatar Kate

I hate studies like this. I am sure it's the high diet of omega-3 fatty acids that feeds the brain and it's not sugar that is making you dumber. If you're fed a diet high in great nutrients but also eat a ton of cookies...I bet you'll be just as smart as the person who ate the nutritious diet without the sugar. You'll also be fatter!!

Cel7777 Cel7777

The average American eats over 80lbs of sugar a year? Gawd that's gross.

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