Sugar Fix

Anna Maxted curtails her kids’ sugar intake and observes their change in behavior:

“In this transitional week of less sugar, there is the usual bickering, but I wonder if it’s mostly habit. The children have grumpy moments, but there is definitely less ferocity and zigzagging moods. Nor are there any full-on fights. A lower-key balloon game replaces WWE. Possibly, they just have less energy. They’re still eating added sugar in yogurts, and fruit sugars in fruit and juice. I refuse to dissuade them from eating bananas. Even sugar is healthier than neuroticism around food.”

Sweetener Switch

Hershey is looking to replace high-fructose corn syrup with sugar in some of its products, reports the Guardian:

“A switch to sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry. Many people say they avoid it because it has gained a bad reputation for fueling weight gain and diabetes, though health experts says there’s not enough evidence to conclude it’s any worse than regular sugar.”

Bittersweet

Food companies are still marketing sugary drinks to kids, reports the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

“In recent years, key actors have taken steps to reduce young people’s consumption of sugar-sweetened soda and other types of sugary drinks. Local communities have launched public health campaigns to increase awareness of the negative health effects of sugary drinks and reduce their availability in public settings. Policy makers have proposed legislation and regulation to limit consumption and raise awareness of the dangers of minors consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks….

“At the same time, beverage companies continue to extensively market their unhealthy products—including sugar-sweetened soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, iced tea, and flavored water, as well as energy drinks and shots—in a wide variety of marketing venues where children and teens are exposed to these messages daily.”

Food Tank is sponsoring a petition to tax such beverages.