Sugar has been linked to kids with asthma. It’s not surprising, because, each person eats approximately two and half pounds of sugar each week. Asthma now affects nearly 9 percent of children and teens, a figure that has doubled in the last twenty years.
Poor eating habits, including frequent consumption of sugary foods, are among the factors blamed for the increase of asthma in children and teens, says Sonja Kierstein, PhD. She performed the study on sugar’s effects on kids with asthma while at the University of Pennsylvania, and presented her findings at the meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
To test the theory, two groups of mice were studied. One group was given water, the other sugar-water. The sugar-fed mice had more than twice as much airway inflammation as the water-fed mice, making them more susceptible to asthma.
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Kierstein and her colleagues hypothesized that a sugar-rich diet may prime the immune system of the airways to allergic inflammation. The inflammation, in turn, can cause a narrowing of the airways and mucus production, resulting in asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Cutting out sugar takes determination. Initially, you’ll be reading a lot of labels, because sugar is a common ingredient in processed foods. Naturally cookies and pastries have lots of added sugars. You know sodas are loaded with sugars, up to 14 teaspoons per serving! You may be surprised to learn that 6 ounces of low fat yogurt has approximately 7 teaspoons of sugar. Catsup is one-third sugar. One serving of instant oatmeal has two and a half teaspoons of sugar. Sugar has many names. For a list of sugars commonly found in foods, Click Here.
Purchasing whole foods from the produce section of your grocers is an easy way to avoid sugars. Today, kids drink as much soda as milk. Replacing sodas and other sugary drinks with fruit juice, milk, or water, will drastically reduce the amount of sugars your children are ingesting.
Once you eliminate sugar, your family’s taste buds will rediscover how fabulous real food tastes and you’ll all be healthier for it!