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Could children's obsession with disgustingly sweet foods be beneficial?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 07, 2012 at 6:26 PM

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.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20075359-10391704.html

http://www.foodandnutritionresearch.net/index.php/fnr/article/view/5794

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on December 06, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Conferred with resident 13-year-old supertaster (my nephew) and was told that he really likes sweet (super-sweet) and only avoids bitter. He will, in fact, OD on milk choc if given half a chance. He won't eat dark choc, though.

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on December 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Supertasters tend to avoid anything really "strong", whether bitter or sweet. Pretty sure about that.

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:12 AM

@Jamie, having witnessed many children who will pretty much only eat sugar, and forgo other nourishment as a result, it makes perfect sense to me that they'd be thinner, they are like little speed freaks.

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on October 08, 2012
at 07:47 AM

@Happy now Carb re-feed. I didn't even think of it that way but that's hilariously on target. And maybe the more active kids crave more sugar. Anyway, it's interesting.

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Id say that because this is statistical, they havent ruled out some confounding factors. Id want a mechanical explaination with animal studies to support it, before I brought into this.

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Perhaps the kids who arent getting candy, generally have poor parents and are eating otherwise bad food (like chips, bread and fast food)

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Or more simply, that the taste receptors because un, or understimulated are hypersensitive.

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Lol, non-consumers where fatter? So now eating candy makes you thin. How the heck does that work?

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:04 PM

I think it goes back to infant-hood. Momma's milk is naturally sweet.

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on October 07, 2012
at 10:06 PM

I've come to the conclusion that kids in general are growing so fast, and so active that they are in a constant state of being able to use a carb refeed.

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on October 07, 2012
at 08:15 PM

haha I wasn't going to give him jolly ranchers and pixie stix. don't worry. :-)

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on October 07, 2012
at 06:30 PM

specifically, high CRP or obesity.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on October 07, 2012
at 10:32 PM

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.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:04 PM

I think it goes back to infant-hood. Momma's milk is naturally sweet.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 08, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Or more simply, that the taste receptors because un, or understimulated are hypersensitive.

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

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on December 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Supertasters tend to avoid anything really "strong", whether bitter or sweet. Pretty sure about that.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on December 06, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Conferred with resident 13-year-old supertaster (my nephew) and was told that he really likes sweet (super-sweet) and only avoids bitter. He will, in fact, OD on milk choc if given half a chance. He won't eat dark choc, though.

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on October 07, 2012
at 08:10 PM

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.

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Perhaps the kids who arent getting candy, generally have poor parents and are eating otherwise bad food (like chips, bread and fast food)

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:28 PM

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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on October 07, 2012
at 07:48 PM

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.

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on October 07, 2012
at 08:15 PM

haha I wasn't going to give him jolly ranchers and pixie stix. don't worry. :-)

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