OK as a low to moderate carber this flies in the face of most of my current beliefs. Can someone explain this to me? is this bad science? Good science? My son doesn't really like candy but he loves greek yogurt sweetened with honey, ice cream, and dried fruit. I usually try to limit his intake because I'm concerned with cultivating a sugar loving gut biome Should I relax a little bit? It basically says there's no association with moderate sugar intake and inflammation.
Interesting. This could be one of those cases where to find kids who didn't like candy, they ended up selecting for the kids who have health problems that make it unpleasant instead of evaluating the kinds who don't like candy because of their personal taste or because of their parents. If half of the kids who don't eat candy avoid it because they have terrible cavities, raging SIBO and blood sugar regulation issues, that makes the study a lot less useful.
I suspect there really is some kind of biological reason kids love sweets, and if you can indulge that with paleo foods in reasonable amounts, I don't see anything wrong with that. Remember that African hunter-gatherer study that showed that honey was one of their major sources of calories? The normal state for humans without metabolic derangement should allow for effective processing of largish amounts of carbs--even sugars.
Children tend to be supertasters (sorry, no data to back this up--just anecdotal) and probably as a result prefer sweeter foods. I could see the advantage to this being the avoidance of toxic alkaloids more common in bitter tasting plants.
These kinds of studies can not be taken seriously regarding their conclusions. I think we can all agree that any fruit will be better than any candy, unless you're allergic to that fruit. Yes you should relax, but regarding fruits and honey, not candies.
Yes definitely. Kids need a lot of energy to grow, and they're always jumping around and need to constantly move their bodies unlike adults. I am pretty sure that whatever sweet things that children of the old time found, was beneficial for them not bad and artificial like today's sweets. I would let your kid have all the healthy sweets they need, as long as they get their "real food" first.
As I grew, I lost the "need" for sweet foods. I don't think adults should eat a lot of sweets though unless they work out a lot.
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