Monday, September 6, 2010

Study: Sugar Addiction Starts in Infants

Source: The Press Association (Summary by NIM)

It tends to be something of a mystery as to why people are so addicted to sugar sometimes, but it's really no more than just basic science. Sugar gives us a rush that physiologically leaves us wanting and seeking more, just like a drug - but when does this addiction begin? According to researchers, it starts within the first 6 months of life.

A new Australian study has found that many mothers are sneaking in sugar, cakes and fruit juices into their new babies' diets, instead of sticking to breast milk. Shockingly, 25% of new moms were guilty of this act. Some babies were introduced to the 'deadly trifecta' of sugar, fat and salt as young as 4 weeks old - something that can lead to seriously poor health as a child and adult.

Today, medical professionals are aware that the foods that babies and children are exposed to early on can shape their predispositions later in life, and can also increase their risk of obesity and diseases. Accordingly, babies in the study who were fed solid foods earlier on tended to prefer more sugary, fatty and salty foods by their first birthdays. With everything we know these days about food, nutrition and health, we most definitely know that breast milk truly is the holy grail for babies - its all they need to grow up healthy, strong and smart. So come on new moms - stick to the good stuff!

Read more at the Press Association (Sept. 6, 2010) in the article called "Babies 'weaned on sugary diet'".