the killer sugar rush

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

I was in church on Sunday, the praise and worship was amazing and the sermon was out of this world. I enjoyed every moment of being there. Unlike the 1st service, mid-day service is full of families (old and young) which makes the place more beautiful. Children are all dressed-up, the little beautiful girls are in pink flowery dresses, and the handsome little boys blue trousers and shorts. they quietly play close to the parents and with the friendly strangers.

So this Sunday I happened to be sitting close to a young couple of between 25- 35 yrs old. They had a young boy( such a bundle of joy). As the service continued the boy was quiet but with the usual moving from one parent to the other trying to be comfortable and also looking for something more interesting than just sitting listen to the adults leading the service. The mother breastfed him for a few minutes. This made him settle down for about 20 minutes. After a few minutes later he wanted something more than just sitting so the mom put him down. As he continued to catch my eye and steal my attention something seemed to interest him when he looked into his mothers bag. Before too long the mother removed a bottle of juice and gave it to him. The little boy was so pleased. At that point I wanted to shout a big no to the Mum but hey! it was in church and you can imagine how that conversation between the lady and I would have gone down. A few minutes later the boy was all over and father (so I assumed) had to take him out. I continued to listen to the amazing sermon but it got me thinking a little harder about the things that we feed our children…

Juices, sodas, crisps, biscuits, queen cakes, ice cream and lollipops.  These are the common snacks that we see Moms pack for their children. Snacks to school, church or any gathering. We all love sweet things, the nice taste on the tongue. And the more we have sweet things the more we want them and it is worse with children.

Ever attended a wedding or a party or a birthday or any kind of gathering with children? Noticed that before lunch or eating children are mostly relaxed and when they play it’s usually not too rough. But immediately after the children eat have a bottle of soda, you are on the edge of the seat because he/ she is playing so close to the cake or about to break something. So what happens with children when they are high on sugar?

Complex Carbohydrates found in vegetables, grains and fruits are good (actually very good) but the simple sugars found in sodas, candies, icings and packaged treats can do harm especially when eaten in excess which is what happens with our children today and during these events.

So what are some effects of these sweets things?

Eating or drinking 100 grams which is equal 8 tablespoons of sugar equal to 2 cans of soda. This can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 %. This results to a child’s immunity reducing by a large percent which is also known as depressed immunity hence the colds, cough and other unending illnesses.

Decreased learning performance and more hyperactivity is the second effect of the sugar. when a child is fed with the sweet treats they can barely settle down and concentrate on anything apart from play and distraction. ( teachers must have a hard time after a tea break in school cause settling down is drama). In this kind of state a child can’t learn or perform well.

Obesity is the third effect. Obesity is increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat. This is bad on our children. Most children have a low appetite for food but a very high one for sweet treats. When we consume plenty of unnecessary sugar its turned into fat which results to obesity overtime. There has been an increased number of chubby children in school and most times other children will call them names ( that aren’t very kind) and sometimes they may not want to play with the chubby children. This will result to more psychological problems for the child now and in future.

These are just some of the negative effects.

There are healthy sugars that we can feed our children. Pack fruits (dried or fresh), yoghurt, milk, sweet potatoes, yam, milk, and so on as their daytime snacks. Play with them more, teach them on the importance of eating sweet potatoes in place of queen cakes. And practise what you preach and you will see the difference it will make in your childs life.

I have heard parents say that their child can’t live without the sweet treats but really!!! who was born knowing that soda is sweet or bad or what is healthy for the body and which child is earning to afford to buy these treats? “Train up your child on the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it…”

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Comments
  1. Hardethaewoh says:

    yeah! train up your child in the way to go… especially by living an exemplary life!

    Nice post! & have a Happy Easter

    Liked by 1 person

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