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Could Too Much Sugar be Limiting Your Child's Learning Capacity?

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM

SUGAR5.jpgHave you ever asked yourself, “why do I allow my child to eat up to 30 teaspoons more sugar every day than global health guidelines”? 

Would you allow them to eat this much sugar if you knew that reducing it may help them improve their learning capacity (how well they are able to learn)? 

Australians and New Zealanders - men, women and children - eat on average about 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. The health recommendations are for no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons per day. 

How much sugar does your child actually eat everyday? It's probably much more than you think.

That's because most of the sugar we eat is hidden in processed foods. Even "healthy" foods like low-fat yoghurt and fruit juices contain a lot of sugar. 

When you have a soft drink you probably enjoy the taste of the refreshing bubbly liquid, but you are also getting a big hit of sugar. A can of Coke has 9 teaspoons of sugar in it. Mountain Dew has 11. Lemonade has about 8 or 9 teaspoons depending on the brand.

So if your child drinks  soft drinks, even occassionally, they are getting more sugar from one can of drink than an entire day's recommended sugar allowance.

Science is now suggesting there may be a link between a child’s high sugar intake and impaired learning, including lack of focus or attention problems.

Podcast interview with Damon Gameau, maker of That Sugar Film

Gameau spoke with the Learning Capacity Podcast about his widely acclaimed documentary film, That Sugar Film, which highlights the dangers of too much sugar. 

In it he discusses some of the implications for our children’s learning (it’s in the last third of the conversation).

As well as the possible learning impacts of too much sugar, Damon Gameau comments on some more well-known concerns such as how many more children now being diagnosed with liver disease, Type II diabetes and obesity - all possibly caused by excess sugar.

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