Dr. Susan E. Klear — Licensed Psychologist

A Spoonful of Sugar …

Mary Poppins told us, “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, in a most delightful way!” But is that really such a good idea?

According to psychologist, Nancy Appleton’s book, Lick the Sugar Habit, published in 1996 …

… according to statistics, the average person eats over 10 pounds of sugar each month, nearly 4 ½ cups per week or 30 to 33 teaspoonfuls every day. That’s over 20 percent of our daily caloric intake spent on a refined food that upsets body chemistry and has no nutritional value. Refined sugar is 99.4 to 99.7 percent pure calories – no vitamins, minerals, or proteins, just simple carbohydrates.

When a person eats sugar continually, the body does not work correctly. The body chemistry is upset.

Based on Dr. Appleton’s research, she suggests,

If your child has a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, cannot concentrate in school or at home, has low grades in school, suffers with allergies, is prone to headaches, is hyperactive or listless, is overweight, cannot go for more than four hours without eating, has a hard time keeping friendships, or has colds or bacterial infections more than once a year, I suggest that you remove sugar (all forms) from his or her diet for two weeks. In this short time, I think you will see a positive change in your child.

It seems that sugar in all forms, refined sugar, sucrose, honey, fructose, raw sugar, brown sugar, corn sweetener, and corn syrup, along with artificial sugars, are all thought to be problematic for the body.

I am not promoting the author or the website but suggesting some important information about sugar. The research was done by Nancy Appleton, PhD.

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