Happy September!  I hope that everyone’s ‘back to school and fall routines are off to a great start!

We took a hiatus from the blog (but not the project!) in August while we were traveling.  Summer was filled with farm fresh whole foods, like from a local farm above.  We have a small garden at home, but there’s something special about picking your week’s vegetables.  Especially at a farm that encourages kids to come along and help harvest.

News wise, it’s been a busy past month on the sugar front.  I’ve shared three news items below that caught my attention recently and I thought you’d find interesting too.  3 more reasons, in my mind, to focus on whole foods this fall!

🙂 Becca

American Heart Association: “I hope our recommendations help parents feel more confident limiting sugar.”

To kick things off the American Heart Association finally released guidelines aimed at curbing children’s consumption of sugary foods and beverages.  Children and teens should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week, according to the American Heart Association’s first-ever scientific statement recommending specific sugar limits for kids.

“There is little room in a child’s diet for added sugars, because they need calories from vegetables, fruits, protein sources, whole grains and dairy to grow up healthy,” said Dr. Miriam Vos, lead author of the group’s statement and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.  “I hope our recommendations help parents feel more confident limiting sugar”.

Canadian Cancer Society Launches The Sugar Free September Challenge

The Canadian Cancer Society launched it’s Sugar Free September Challenge to raise money for cancer research and promote cancer reduction dietary changes.  “Reducing your intake of food and drinks with added sugars from your diet for an entire month is a great way to learn how easy it is to moderate consumption while also feeling the benefits of healthier eating.”

It’s refreshing to see that slowly but surely, the link between sugar consumption and long-term health is being made in public forums.

Check out the Canadian Cancer Society’s Sugar Free September challenge page for great tips on living sugar free and delicious recipes to boot!

Sugar Industry Paid Scientists to Down Play Link Between Sugar And Heart Disease, 1960s.

Newly released historical documents show how the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead.

“The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry” – New York Times.

Yup!

“The Harvard scientists and the sugar executives with whom they collaborated are no longer alive. One of the scientists who was paid by the sugar industry was D. Mark Hegsted, who went on to become the head of nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture, where in 1977 he helped draft the forerunner to the federal government’s dietary guidelines. Another was Dr. Fredrick J. Stare, the chairman of Harvard’s nutrition department.”

A scary finding, given how many lives have been influences by industry shaped guidelines.