Sugar: The Good, The Bad and the High Fructose Corn Syrup

You may all have heard by now that certain sugars are not that great for us, but our bodies need some sugars to function properly. Plus adding sugar to recipes makes them so deliciously delicious. You can add it to cakes, cookies, on fruit, on more sugar, even people. So what’s the deal? Which sugars are good and bad and what are they really doing to our bodies? Well first we need to know the types of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, sugars in your diet can be naturally occurring or added. Naturally occurring sugars are found naturally in foods such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). Those would be the good sugars in moderation of course. Added sugars are sugars and syrups put in foods during preparation or processing, or added at the table like mamas Thanksgiving candied yams (mmmm).

Added sugars and syrups include:

  • sugar-sweetened beverages
  • grain-based desserts
  • fruit drinks
  • dairy desserts
  • candy
  • ready-to-eat cereals and
  • yeast breads
  • but not naturally occurring sugar, such as in fruits and fruit juices.

Those have long been cited for contributing to obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Check out this YouTube video below created by Sugar is Killing Us.


Sugar not only affects you physical state, but your mental state as well, especially in developing youth. It has been noted that many public school systems in large cities have a practice of putting hyper-active black children in special education programs without any professional guidance.  A multitude of these cases are just a matter of diet.  The amount of sugar a child consumes during the day can elevate his or her physical activity level. The start to correcting some of these issues can be achieved by reducing the amount of sugar your child consumes daily.

Experts like Dr Gary Null and others, have sighted hundreds of studies pointing to sugar as a problem. So we suggest you review your child’s breakfast each morning. Make every attempt to reduce the bad and the ugly (refined and processed sugar) from your child’s diet and in the process bring them one step closer to becoming focused, top performing students. Dr. Gary Null, world renown Dietitian-Nutritionist of New York State. Writer of over five books on diet and nutrition. For those interested in his lengthy research click here.

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