"The changes in the brain induced by sugar are of great concern given the high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, with particularly high consumption in children aged nine to 16 years....The fact that drinking sugar...reduced the expression of genes critical for brain development and growth is of great concern."Ok BUT, if these scientists are talking about rats, why should the rest of us care? The researchers clarify, "While it is impossible to perform such studies in humans, the brain circuits controlling stress responses and feeding are conserved across species. These findings suggest future work should consider possible long-term effects of high sugar intake, particularly early in life, on the brain and behavior." WAIT. WHAT? Excessive consumption of high-sugar foods early in life could potentially be as damaging to baby's future mental health as early life exposure to extreme stress and trauma. The upshot? This is yet another in a long list of science-backed reasons why it's so important to limit sugar intake, particularly among the very young.
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