Guest post by Laura Vendever
It’s everywhere you look: sugar is the latest terrible-for-you thing in the news. It joins, over the years, coffee, salt, eggs, fat, and smoking—but in the long run, only a couple of those things were actually dangerous. The others, not so much.
Today’s super-villain is sugar. Words used to describe it, in relation to health, include “toxic,” “poisonous,” and even “deadly.”
But is sugar really deadly?
My kids love these kinds of activities. We are seeing slacklines and ziplines pop up in everyone’s backyard as the kids start to outgrow their swing sets. My daughter already rocks a unicyle, why not add to the balance challenge?
Now, let’s see how it goes…maybe I will consider putting up a zip line as well. Maybe.
I was talking to my sister the other day. She’s in her late 40′s and works in an office with millennials, for the most part.
“Why does everything have to be so…exciting…all the time for these girls?” she asked me, truly puzzled.
My sister isn’t on any social media whatsoever. Seriously. She checks her email maybe once a week. Doesn’t have a cell phone, has never even texted. She doesn’t surf the net unless she has something specific she’s looking up. She doesn’t even watch that much television. She doesn’t see the point after being glued to a computer screen for work all day. Can’t blame her.
What truth about sugar? You didn’t even know there was a truth to be told, right? You think of it as an innocuous method of sweetening something.
Sugar is this generation’s tobacco. I am not making that up, I didn’t just pull that out of my ass. There is more than enough research to confirm this.