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What do you all think about this finding about kids and sugar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 05, 2011 at 1:51 AM

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/09/26/140753048/kids-sugar-cravings-might-be-biological

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:00 AM

lol nice. "We know it sounds odd" . . . cause it is odd

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on November 05, 2011
at 11:54 PM

@Happy, in non=tropical cultures you have honey, milk (which tastes sweet to an un-spoiled pallet,) maple syrup, berries, and even winter squash.

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Sugar junkie here, had less of a sweet tooth as a kid than post-menopause.

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Your answer shows that you are beginning to see the method of quilt....

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Chris the real issue is with this info what happens when a human diet is incongruently filled with sweet say for their life span? This is the current problem. Generally the diet of paleo man was not loaded with sweets/sugar so for two million years it was a non issue. And your point about the brain is spot on and the evidence was laid out by the biochemistry discuused by tafur, Lalonde and me. Plus one!

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on November 05, 2011
at 11:35 AM

adhd is made up, kids are supposed to be hyper active.

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on November 05, 2011
at 11:30 AM

"excess sugar is destabilizing to the brain" source?

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:29 AM

My cats always LOVED sweet corn (and earwax), but not sweets as such. And one of my cats had two litters of kittens - they liked just about anything!

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on November 05, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Craving sweet tastes and rapid growth makes perfect sense to me. Breast milk is super sweet. I wonder what the would have filled in between full weaning and late adolescence in non-tropical climates?

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on November 05, 2011
at 05:04 AM

Craving sweet tastes and rapid growth makes perfect sense to me. Breast milk is super sweet. I wonder what the would have filled in between full weening and late adolescence in non-tropical climates?

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:01 PM

"Unlike adults, who often find overly sugary things unpleasant"

what a pile of bs, ( in my experience) 99.9% of " adults" are also massive sugar junkies, and most of the time they don't even know it.

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Sugar junkie here, had less of a sweet tooth as a kid than post-menopause.

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I was an adult massive sugar junkie, like loilo says, but being off sugar has massively changed that. Yesterday I bought a coconut (the need for hot cooking oil means I'll never be totally free of botanicals, I guess - so I broke down and bought a botanical). I drank the juice, described in the cookbooks as having just a hint of sweetness. But to me, it was knock-yer-socks-off sweet.

I would have spat out anything sweeter. Seriously.

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on November 05, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Makes sense to me. The brain is developing and is more sensitive to all stimuli since it hasn't pruned all the excess neurons yet. This is why developing good habits at an early age is crucial to the ability to form and keep good habits later in life. I would also guess it has something to do with kids being more sensitive to leptin and insulin (compared to adults and assuming they aren't already IR and LR) and can therefore handle larger amounts before the body sends the signal to the brain that they've had enough. The most likely explanation though is that as they mature and their bones stop growing, leptin levels increase since leptin inhibits bone growth. This also means younger kids need lower leptin levels to let bones grow, and since appetite and bone growth are linked by the leptin-serotonin pathway, they'll have a bigger appetite. As this study shows, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090903163552.htm leptin suppresses appetite by blocking synthesis of serotonin in the brain. This makes sense evolutionarily since increasing bone growth and appetite at the same time means you're getting more raw materials and fuel needed for bone growth and will allow kids with those genes to grow faster and thus have an advantage. The problem is excess sugar is destabilizing to the brain and I don't think it's a coincidence that there's both a higher percentage of kids with adhd and more high sugar foods in the diets of most kids these days . . . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16750194.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Your answer shows that you are beginning to see the method of quilt....

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Chris the real issue is with this info what happens when a human diet is incongruently filled with sweet say for their life span? This is the current problem. Generally the diet of paleo man was not loaded with sweets/sugar so for two million years it was a non issue. And your point about the brain is spot on and the evidence was laid out by the biochemistry discuused by tafur, Lalonde and me. Plus one!

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on November 05, 2011
at 11:35 AM

adhd is made up, kids are supposed to be hyper active.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on November 05, 2011
at 11:30 AM

"excess sugar is destabilizing to the brain" source?

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on November 05, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Great Read! It makes sense. My first pop was at age 10. My parents were strict on the sugar. I can thank them now... At the time it seemed like a major bummer..

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:43 AM

My first reaction was no duh!.. But I am of last generation....I will look to see what a 50-80 something has to say about this. In my day we were inundated with massive amounts of high sugar cereal for probably the first time in human history (at least to this extent). The thesis on what children before this use to "crave" is an interesting one. I'm going to get laid...instead of looking at this screen any further....says my wife :)

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Every animal I've ever had has tried to steal sweet things from empty plates/cups, even the obligate-carnivore-kitties. So I'm not surprised that behaviors common to other species may be biological.

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:29 AM

My cats always LOVED sweet corn (and earwax), but not sweets as such. And one of my cats had two litters of kittens - they liked just about anything!

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on December 03, 2011
at 01:07 AM

what-do-you-all-think-about-this-finding-about-kids-and-sugar?

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:00 AM

lol nice. "We know it sounds odd" . . . cause it is odd

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