All About Sugar! Top 10 Reasons Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

3:42-5:44Sugar and Tooth Decay
5:48-8:05Soft Drinks and Calcium Loss in Urine
8:10-11:36Excess Sugar and Diabetes
11:38-14:03Harmful Sugar When Combined with Other Compounds
14:06-15:06Sugar Slows Weight Loss
15:08-17:02Chronic Fatigue and Sugar
17:04-18:07Sugar, Mood Swings, Irritability and Anxiety
18:09-21:19Sugar Compromises the Immune System
22:08-23:33Sugar and How it Affects Cholesterol
23:40-28:05Hyperactivity, Children and Sugar
28:10-29:44The Many Disguises of Sugar
29:46-30:20Vitamin D K2

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:00:00] I love this. Top 10 reasons sugar isn’t so sweet, so true.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:00:09] This is a timely topic because, well, we just came out of Halloween, and I know that some of you might have dug into the to the treat basket or may be dug into the grandkids or kids treat basket a little bit. We’re just here to talk about the, you know, what can happen with the overconsumption of sugar. It is one of those chemicals that we do talk about because it does have a serious impact on the body. Two hundred years ago, the average American consumed only two pounds of sugar per year. When the 70s came around, we ate one hundred and twenty-three pounds of sugar per year. The average American consumes one hundred and fifty-two pounds of sugar in one year. That’s equivalent to 50 teaspoons or eight hundred calories a day in sugar. So a pretty crazy jump.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:01:04] That is crazy. And, you know, I think it’s, you know, it’s gone up and it’s gone up a lot with kids, we’re going to talk about the impact, you know, on kids and really the impact on everybody. But kids are just that much more sensitive and can be affected by sugar a lot more. So I’ll tell you what the secret is if you’ve got some young kids for Halloween because you have to be creative and how to get rid of the treats. So we’ll dig into that a little later. Just remind me of that.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:01:34] Absolutely. And so soft drinks, right? So like your pops and your blended coffees like a large frappuccino with whipped cream on top from Starbucks are responsible for most of the added sugar in people’s diets. And just one 12 ounce can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 or 11 teaspoons of sugar. That is just absurd. It’s crazy the amount of sugar. The effects that sugar can have on your mouth and the health of your tooth. Yeah. And so other sources as well, we all know where the big-time sources are from, but they oftentimes will say that cereals, even if they are healthy, a lot of cereals tend to have high amounts of sugar in them, so you have to be careful when looking at your labels.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:02:30] Yeah, they’re not always. They’re not always. Sugar is not always where you think it’s going to be. I remember having a conversation with a patient and I said, You know, so how’s your sugar intake? Oh, no, I don’t, you know, I don’t, I don’t do sugar. So I said, Well, you know, what is your breakfast light? Well, you know, I have a bagel, I have cream cheese. And she kept going on and stuff that, you know, obviously had had sugar in yogurt and all that stuff. And I said, Well. What do you think sugar is in? Well, you know, the white stuff that you put on there. So because she wasn’t pouring sugar on anything, she thought she wasn’t having sugar. But obviously, it can be found in in in other places where you might not suspect it, right?

Sugar and Tooth Decay

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:03:12] Absolutely. And so paying attention to your labels, and we’ll talk a little bit about that later and how some companies can actually say that they have lower amounts of sugar, whereas you look down the label and you actually see, Oh, that’s the type of sugar. This is sugar. And so it actually adds up by the time that you get to the bottom of the label, and we’ll talk about that a little more later in the show. But yeah, we’ll be jumping into it now. Top 10 reasons why sugar just isn’t so sweet.

Eating excess sugar causes tooth decay. I kind of alluded to this just in the previous slide here about how sometimes when you drink your energy drinks your teeth can feel kind of gritty. When certain bacteria in your mouth digest sugar, it produces acid. So that acid can actually decay teeth and cause tooth and root rot. That’s why they say that you should definitely reduce your sugar consumption if you’re trying to pay attention to your dental health.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:04:25] Hmm. Yeah, so, you know, definitely the tooth decay. You know, do you remember back in school what bacteria causes tooth decay?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:04:37] Is it lactobacilli?

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:04:41] It is not lactobacilli. It is Streptococcus mutants. Wow, wow. Yes, I agree. That is one of those flawed questions that I might have remembered. No odd reason. So, yeah,

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:04:54] Well, you know what the odd reason is for this particular reason alone, and it’s really important to keep your mouth health, you know, your oral health to the standard that it should be because you only get two sets of teeth, right? And then after that, you have to start replacing them, and that doesn’t become fun. So taking care of your teeth and understanding why reducing your sugar intake can have an impact on your oral health in a positive way.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:05:23] Also flossing is so important, right? Because a dentist told me there was a link between bacteria in your mouth and actually heart conditions. Heart, I believe, was like myocarditis, like inflammation in the heart. And so definitely oral health is important for more reasons other than esthetic reasons, no matter what do. Dr. Rade calcium loss in urine. So how many of you want to have less calcium in your bones in the next few years if you do? And go ahead and drink that Pepsi and Coca-Cola?

Soft Drinks and Calcium Loss in Urine

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:06:03] Yeah, and chances are, if you’re drinking a lot of Pepsi and Coca-Cola, you might not be doing enough physical exercise or resistance exercise. And so you’re not doing the weight-bearing exercises that will keep that calcium and keep your bones strong. I just thought that this would be a good point because, you know, we oftentimes don’t think about the association between, you know, the soft drinks and high sugar drinks and the effects that it has on our bone quality. And so the sugar will rob your bones of the calcium in the minerals that keep them nice and strong. And it’s lost through the urine because you’re just not able to absorb it. So it’ll contribute to those brittle bones causing diseases like osteoporosis and softening of bones as well.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:06:49] Yeah, so it’s crazy 10 to 11 teaspoons in one can of coke your daily on if you’re going to mention that later on about how much sugar you should have in a day. Yeah, go ahead. Yeah, so twenty-five grams of sugar. Right? So when you think about that, one serving of watermelon has about 11 grams of sugar. So when you think about that, like if you’re looking at how much sugar you’re taking in in a day. It’s a battle keeping it under twenty-five, even when it’s coming from natural sources like watermelon. You know, that’s abundant, just one serving. You’re at 11, right? So you’ve got 13 or 14 grams left. You can have your can of coke at that point because you’re going to be well over twenty-five grams, right? It’s crazy.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:07:39] Hmm. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, there are good sugars and there are bad sugars, right? The good sugars would be the ones that come from fruits, and those are the ones that are mainly attached to the fibre. Those are whole fruits that would call them. These are proper sugars, no refined sugars. We’ll talk about why those are poor and why they’re worse than regular sugars later on. But yeah, drinking soft drinks. Not good. I’m your bones.

Excess Sugar and Diabetes

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:08:11] Excess sugar consumption can lead to diabetes, right? If you’re not sold yet on not eating sugar, we’re going to continue until we get the tent.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:08:20] Absolutely. And so this is one that we already know right there is that association between sugar consumption, insulin and diabetes. So if you don’t have that, those sugar levels sorry under control, it can lead to an abundance of other health issues along the way. And so eating excess amounts of sugar each time you eat it and makes your pancreas work hard so your pancreas works to release insulin and insulin will lower that blood sugar in your blood so that you don’t have these health-related problems and you can properly use sugar to the to what you need to use it for. Yeah.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:08:59] And those of you who know somebody who has diabetes or if you have diabetes yourself, you know for, well, that yes, sweets like squares and stuff at Christmas can affect it. But the bagel you have in the morning that later on converts to glucose as it’s being broken down has a delayed reaction on your sugar levels as well, right? So hence the reason why you need to be aware of where that sugar is and not just look at it from the refined sugar standpoint, where it’s the more obvious foods that it’s in.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:09:30] This excess sugar in the bloodstream can lead to an array of health problems heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease. And with this type two diabetes right, which is later in life, you’re not born with that like type one. You know, your body doesn’t use insulin well or it doesn’t release it well enough. So you can’t keep that normal. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type two. This is a preventable type of diabetes that can be controlled by measuring and figuring out your sugar consumptions. If there is something that you can control a controllable disease, it’s this type two version, and I understand that it’s multifactorial and sugar does have an addictive quality to it. However, this would be one way to help tackle this type of disease.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:10:28] Yeah. And you’re seeing more and more, unfortunately, type two diabetes in young kids, right? It’s more and more prevalent and you’re seeing a lot more obesity in young kids. I think in Canada, one in five or one in four kids is considered borderline obese or obese. It’s a little bit worse in the U.S., but we’re not too far behind. So I always say parents need to be the example. There’s a guy that used to talk was pretty abrasive, but I think it’s true as a statement. You know, as a parent, if you eat something that’s not good for you and eventually has a bad effect on your health, you could call it, you could call it suicide and say if you feed your kids, then it should be considered murder, right?

It’s a little extreme, but in a way, you can. You know, kids, in the beginning, don’t have that craving for sugar, but they gain that craving for sugar because they’re obviously exposed to it. And we kind of foster that environment, so to speak, if we’re not careful. So kids are pretty, pretty sensitive to that and they’re pretty sensitive to your habits and they’ll mimic what you’re doing as well as a parent. So definitely be aware of that. Number four, sugar can be poisonous when combined with other compounds.

Harmful Sugar When Combined with Other Compounds

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:11:43] Yeah. And so we spoke about earlier how, you know, the only good source of sugar or those that are still attached to fibre, mainly whole fruits and Dr. Roach was talking about how you eat watermelon and that’s, you know, a lot of sugar, but that is good sugar. Sugar can be poisonous when combined with other compounds because it’s bleached with chlorine and filtered with animal bones when white sugar is refined. When you’re creating that white sugar, it’s bleach to create that, that nice white colour. Then it’s filtered with animal bones. Essentially, when it’s exposed to a certain organic compound, it converts to another compound called dioxin. Dioxin is that lethal compound in the blood and so refined sugar, the most lethal neurotoxin that people consume on a regular basis?

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:12:43] Yeah, yeah.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:12:44] Actually, yeah. And there’s actually just another point as well that, you know, we consume this much sugar on a regular basis and it has, you know, a number of carbohydrates in it. But alcohol as well as even more carbohydrates in it than sugar, just as a preamble for poisonous compounds.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:13:08] Yeah. When you’re when you know all of this, you’re like, OK, well, you know, I won’t get the regular Coke or Pepsi, I’m going to get diet one, right? We all know what’s in Diet Pepsi or Diet Cola or whatever it is. And that is also just as bad in terms of a neurotoxin on the brain. So, you know. The more you know, sugar, the more it has to kind of sink into your mind that, OK, you know, yeah, you’re going to consume it and you’re going to consume it, hopefully in good forms that can the form where it’s attached to a fibre when you’re eating good fruits.

But definitely, definitely try to keep it within that range of twenty-five. You know, you’re not going to bat a thousand every time. Yes, you’re going to go to parties and stuff and it’s going to happen. But always try to get back on the train and maintain your sugar levels to a certain level. That’s acceptable.

Sugar Slows Weight Loss

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:14:07] Yeah, so sugar slows weight loss, sugar hinders weight loss because of the high insulin levels that cause the body to store the excess carbohydrates as fat, and so when sugar is broken down, it’s broken down into carbohydrates and then you store those in your body. When there’s a certain number of it, you can’t use it right. If you’re not working out or you’re not exercising, you will store this as fat.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:14:34] Yeah, and only that on the point before the slide before you’re saying, you know, sugar is, you know, dead calories like, you know, you’re not going to feel full after eating sugar, let’s say. But those are all calories that get added up at the end of the day, which eventually you know you’re stepping on the scale and you’re either you’re up or you haven’t moved at all because you’re just eating these empty calories that don’t mean anything but definitely have an impact in the end in terms of math and how many calories you took in chronic fatigue.

Absolutely. You know, one thing that I notice is I don’t do this too much because I fast in the morning. But the reason I started fasting in the morning was that if I ever had like a bagel or something in the morning by 10 11, I was just like the song. It was just that that dip where I needed more sugar. Right? And then I’d get something that wasn’t necessarily healthy, and I boost myself back up and then only to feel an utter crash at two and up and down, up and down all day long.

Chronic Fatigue and Sugar

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:15:41] So, yeah, and like you’re saying, like all day long, up and down, up and down, up and down and creates that vicious cycle, right? This addictive quality of sugar gives you this rush, right? Then you get this fall and you’re like, Well, the only way that I can recover or combat this fatigue is by fueling my body with sugar again, right? You’re not naturally creating the time of day where the hormone should be released. Yeah, you’re just sort of supplementing with that, that sugar throughout the day to get your energy, whereas you could be getting it better from other sources more naturally if you just sort of working at it.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:16:20] Yeah, I actually had a case. You know, the lady was drinking like two to three litres of pop a day, right? And then wondering why she had no energy and she had two young kids and wasn’t there for the kids in the way that she needed to be. So no sugar can definitely rob you of your full potential, really when it comes to your energy. You know, of course, you’re tired, so you don’t want to go to the gym. You’re too tired to go to the gym. So you’re increasing your intake of something that’s not good for you, and you’re deleting activity that’s actually good for you. So the combination of both ends up being a disaster. Sugar increases, mood swings, irritability and anxiety.

Sugar, Mood Swings, Irritability and Anxiety

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:17:07] Right? Absolutely. Just building on the blocks that we were just talking about and how sugar can contribute to chronic fatigue, it’s an addictive substance, right? You use it to give you a boost to give you energy. Then when that boost is gone, they’ll start to go through fatigue. You’ll have a change in your mood because you’re not as enlightened, you’re not as happy. You’ll get irritable, less patient because of the fatigue setting in. And apparently, it makes you anxious when you’re lacking the sugar that you need, right? It can make you very either hyper energized, taking you really high, and then you’ll go through periods of a lot of lows. And so that happens to those who might have a sugar addiction.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:17:53] That’s a picture of Ben here on Monday morning when Bell went ahead with Daylight Savings Time. And it was wrong and sort of the clinic a little earlier than it should. Yeah. So if you’re irritable and you’re anxious, maybe look at your sugar level compromises the immune system. I like this one so pertinent nowadays. With everything we have going on, diet is a huge key to your immune system.

Sugar Compromises the Immune System

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:18:20] Sugar compromises the immune system. It lowers the efficiency of white blood cells for at least five hours after eating. What do you think of that crazy?

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:18:28] I didn’t know that.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:18:29] Yeah. And so the point here as well is that sugar can feed cancer cells so it can produce these cells that aren’t working properly by making the blood more acidic and cancer cells seem to thrive in acidic environments.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:18:45] Yes. Yeah. That when it comes to the body’s alkalinity or acidity, as you just said, cancer thrives in an acidic environment. So one of the things that I always tell people is to make sure you upped the ante on the Greens, right? So it’s, you know, it’s great to do this as a general practice in the winter when it comes to the time where people are getting the flu and colds and all that stuff to boost up your diet along with other things that obviously you do. And we’ll get into tonight because of time constraints. But there’s one product that I like, which is called Greens Plus, and it’s a very, very good product in terms of quality. No GMOs.

I believe it’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free. And basically, it’s a powder. It’s a green powder. You put it in water and you drink it. And basically, because you’re getting lots of greens, you’re aiding in your body’s pH level and making it more basic and not acidic. So more alkaline. And that is always good, right? So we want to make sure that we make that happen. And sugar is one of those things that actually increase acidity, which is going in the opposite direction of what we want.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:19:59] Absolutely. It also increased free radicals, right? So the breakdown of those prions produces free radicals, which are harmful to the immune system, as well as producing oxidative stress. And so it’ll increase the inflammation in your body and it

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:20:16] Goes if you don’t know what free radicals are something to cut in their Ben free radicals are unpaired cells, right? When they’re unpaired, they get really, really anxious and they want to pair. What happens is they bind to another cell and then they bind to another one. They bind to another one. And all of a sudden you’ve got a growing cell that’s out of control that becomes cancer. Free radicals need to be oxidized by a redox reaction. Sugar creates more free radicals, so definitely something that you don’t want. Not only does it increase your acidity, which promotes cancer, but it also increases free radicals as well. It’s a double combination of a disaster waiting to happen. And plus, at the same time is slowing your white blood cells. Yeah. Do you want to drink this stuff?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:21:09] Yeah, it lowers the efficiency of the white blood cells for at least five hours. Yeah. Oh yeah. Sugar compromises the immune system.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:21:20] Very good. Good information, guys, you’re listening to a conversation under forty-seven with Dr. Ben Boudreau and Roach. We are living right now. If you’re touching us tomorrow morning, we are probably on YouTube. So if you’re on YouTube, make sure you click on the Subscribe button on the top right and browse browser past conversations we’ve done. Forty-seven of them, so surely we will be speaking to you in one of these episodes. You can find yourself whether you’ve had tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow or a wrist problem or headaches. Surely you can find one of those episodes that applies to you.

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Sugar and How it Affects Cholesterol

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:22:15] Yeah, so increasing or is eating sugar decreases your high-density lipoproteins, your good cholesterol, these are the types of cholesterol that will flow properly through your blood. Super easy and it, but it increases the harmful ones. So the low-density lipoproteins, are the ones that are sticky. They’ll stick to the sides of the walls and your arteries, and they’ll cause that artery, cause that artery to stenosis or get smaller. So sugars will lead to those types of cholesterol.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:22:48] Never good. We talked about this in another Humpday conversation with Dr. Bryan Rade. Right? Absolutely. The cellular energy and all that stuff with cholesterol and the things that you can do. Here’s a very simple thing you can do for cholesterol. Just watch your sugar levels, right? Sometimes we think we need to get elaborate and very complicated and complex in terms of where do we need to go to get healthy? Just look at the simple things you’re doing and do one thing and do it well and commit to it and introduce it into your routine, like getting rid of your sugars, right? That’s one thing that we can all do or decrease because we’re going to eat it, and that’s fine. There are good sugars and bad sugars. That’s definitely something you can do to promote health.

Hyperactivity, Children and Sugar

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:23:39] Yeah, so sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, so, you know, we oftentimes will, we’ll say, and even when I was a kid, you know, don’t eat sugar before bed. No, you can’t eat that, don’t eat this, don’t eat that because you will go through that heightened period of hyperactivity where you can feel very anxious and your body will go into a slight bit of fight or flight. You may start sweating. Your heart rate right will increase. You might be able to focus a little better. But yeah, soon enough you’ll go through that lull period and that’s when you crash.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:24:11] But so when you think about it, when you’re taking a medication, right? Typically, if there’s a medication that’s for adults, and then you can also take it for kids who usually need less of the dose in order to have the same effect. Is it kids or is it adults? Obviously, it’s kids, so sugar is no different where kids were. We act way more to the same dose of sugar than adults, so we need to be super diligent with kids. So one of the things that you know and one of the questions that we had was How do you replace, how do you make that routine where you replace, you know, refined sugar for fruits and more in better sugars?

So I think one of the things that you need to do is you need to have an available right. With our kids, you know, there’s just no question, you know, breakfast, there’s going to be a fruit and it’s their vegetables, whatever they are the same routine. If it’s not there, right, you are going to go into the pantry and choose something that’s in a box-like cereal or whatever. But if you have fruits already cut up and done up and you do it up the night before and you have it in your fridge and you open up the next morning and there are fresh grapes or whatever your whatever you like.

Then you’re that much more likely because if it’s out of sight, out of mind and when it’s out of sight, the mind will say, I need sugar. You’re not going to go to the fridge and cut up an apple or do that stuff. You’re going to go for what’s easy. So I think it’s important to have it available. That’s the number one thing. And especially with kids, too, because. Kids will eat fruits, but they will choose candies and chocolate bars or fruits if the fruit is not there and they see chocolate. And I think it’s just a matter of routine.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:26:03] And what was your tip that you were going to give to parents? Dr. Roach, that might help them decrease or monitor their kid’s sugar intakes?

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:26:14] So one of the things that we do is call the witch switch. So some of you might be aware of this, and it’s not like we came up with it, but we have been doing it for the last three years or four. I’m not sure. Three years, I think. And basically what happens is in the middle of the night. The witch comes by the Roach household and drops some toys in exchange for the agreed-upon. Treats that we were willing to give to the witch. So basically, the witch comes in, she grabs the bag of treats that we will have negotiated with the kids that we were willing to part ways with. She leaves a toy and the kids wake up the next morning and see the gifts that the witch came bearing with. It happened yesterday morning.

She came yesterday and this morning because we’re very happy. Those are some of the things that you can get away with when kids are young and later on, you need to maybe find other ways to entertain taking over. But definitely has worked well for us. We’re pretty good all year round and I’m a firm believer. You can let kids do their thing for a while, and I don’t think it’s what you’re going to eat in two or three days. That’s going to destroy you. It’s what you eat and the other three hundred and sixty-one days of the year. But nonetheless, you don’t want to have those hanging around for months upon months and kids constantly digging into that bag. It’s just not a great thing to do and just not a great routine to set habits to set.

The Many Disguises of Sugar

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:28:00] Great point. For all the parents out there, maybe something that you can use with your young kids. And so we were talking about this earlier to be careful when you’re reading the labels because sugar is commonly disguised, so they’re oftentimes we’ll list as cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It’s really easy to read that sugar is in those, but sugar goes by many, many different names. And so because food manufacturers, have to list all the ingredients in descending orders by quantity, this allows them to list different names for sugar along the way.

Here are some of the names that sugar can go by in case you’re reading your labels and you’re not sure. Barley malt beet sugar, buttered syrup cane juice, caramel caster, dehydrated cane juice, dextrose, fruit juice, concentrate glucose, golden sugar, lactose malt, syrup, molasses, just to name a few. And so they can easily hide it in there and sneak it in there. When you think that you’re getting something low in sugar when you just might not be getting that.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:29:13] Yeah. Yeah, so that’s a great thing, because, you know, a lot of people don’t know what to look for. Right. So definitely it can be hidden and they’ve become great at hiding some of the stuff because they’re just not going to put sugar on there, you know, and they’re going to hide it and whatever they can. And a lot of companies, what they’re doing is instead of doing sugar, they’ll go to one of these variations of sugar or sweeteners, knowing that people are not probably going to recognize it as being that. So vitamin D again, you know, this is probably our third or fourth conversation promoting vitamin D.

We’ve actually had people come in and buy it. It’s this is a phenomenal product from Ortho Molecular. It’s a liquid, so you don’t have to be taking the pill. I tend to overload on vitamin D in the winter, being that our climate is such that we don’t have great sun in the winter. So you definitely can load up on your vitamin D in the winter. Great for our immune system as well. And this one here comes with K2, which allows for the proper absorption of that vitamin D. So yeah, absolutely. I think this is useful. Very, very good conversations.

Vitamin D K2

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:30:26] And I thank you Ben for taking up that, that research and you know, how about this? Health is a multifactorial thing, right, and as much as we chiropractors think that, you know, we’re the best thing since sliced bread and, you know, a nervous system is the key to good health. We do sometimes tend to come back to reality and know that there are other things that people need to do for their health other than just chiropractic care, right? And I say that jokingly, but definitely, you know, nutrition is huge.

What we touched on tonight is something that’s very, very it’s almost like the pandemic of nutrition is sugar, right? It’s high. As I said, more and more kids are going to be obese. Sugar is at an all-time high. The intake, the intake of sugar is at an all-time high. And the impact, as you saw tonight, you know, we probably could have made a list of what, twenty-five reasons not to eat sugar. So we stuck to ten, you know, by virtue of time. But like after reading this, like, who would want us to go in and guzzle like a can of coke, right?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:31:36] I just think how amazing it is that the consumption of sugar has gone up that much in like 50 years. So the seventies, going from one hundred and twenty-three pounds of sugar per year to one hundred and fifty-two pounds of sugar per year is absolutely astonishing. And so it just goes to show how much they’re using it in the diet now and as it as an addictive substance as well. It’s no wonder that people can’t go very long without having the sugar that they need to keep their energy levels high.

Yeah, and it’s really hard to and people are asking, you know, what’s what are some foods that we can seek out to get good sugars? And the truth is that they’re hard to find because there are so many, you know, deterrence and destroy factors in the way. Oh, this is good for you or this is good for you. Go down the sugar aisle and I guarantee you that some of those healthy cereals that you were looking at down the cereal aisle just might not be what you’re looking for.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:32:36] And one thing to be careful about is a lot of gluten-free products. Right, in order to mass, you know, defy that there is no gluten. A lot of these gluten-free products are high in sugar. So be careful about gluten-free products. I’m all about, you know, being gluten-free, and if that’s your thing, great, but buying gluten-free products per se, you’ve got to be careful in terms of what you’re picking off the shelf. One more thing I forgot that actually my daughter at one point, I don’t know where she’d gone to a party anyway.

There were all these like sugar treats that they’ve given. So anyway, they went upstairs and they ate like, I don’t know how many little bags of Skittles. And later on, we found all because the empty packages were in the garbage can in the room and the door was closed and we’re like, Oh my God, it’s like, you know, when your dog is in the chocolate, you’re like, Holy geez. We got to be careful. Well, the kids got into Skittles. And so as a punishment, we dug in how much sugar was in Skittles. So we poured sugar into a glass.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:33:46] To the same amount of data eating the Skittles, right? And it was like a huge amount, right? So we had to kind of sort of creating a visual, which my wife is great because she’s a teacher and she did all this and I thought that was genius. They said we’re only allowed to have this much. Here’s what you had. So now we’re going to disperse what you have today over the next few days, and we basically starve them of sugar to the extent where that glass was now empty because we have space all over the next few days as they decide to eat it all in one day.

I think sometimes with kids, they need that visual to see. And of course, I come in and explain along with my wife terms of why sugar wasn’t good and what it could cause. And so, you know, sometimes we think they’re too young to understand. But when you have a little bit of fun with it, they can understand what they just did without too much punishment, but just eliminate some of the sugar for the next few weeks.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:34:43] And so again, like this is a time again, yeah, Humpday conversations. That’s Dr. Clayton Road from Dr. Boudreau, from Roach Chiropractic Centre in Bedford. Yeah, I mean, it’s about trying to balance things out. Again, you know, people are commenting, they say, you know, the holidays are my downfall. I know around the holidays that I’m going to consume, you know, x amount of sugar or I won’t exercise x amount of times, et cetera, et cetera. We understand that you’re going to go through pitfalls and we understand everybody consumes sugar is not a single person here that doesn’t consume bad sugars. It happens.

We’re talking about the effects of overconsumption and its impacts on the individual, the organism and society as a whole. Talking about obesity, especially in kids. So we’re just trying to create healthier cultures so that you understand the effects that it could be having on your body, not just in the short term, but also in the long term.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:35:42] And guys, when you’re going like, this is a little tip that I got to a while back. When you’re going to a party Christmas party, you know how they have like plates and they might have sweets on a table and they have a plate grab the smallest plate. And that way you can fit less and just say, I’m just going to have one little plate, and that’s fine. Don’t grab the biggest plate on the table and limit yourself to one trip, right? One thing you do is you could bring something to that. Whatever where the party is or the house, you bring something that, you know, a somewhat healthier than what’s going to be there and be a little selfish and eat your own stuff right and just go around and taste it a little bit.

But there’s always, you know, little things. Maybe every time you go more than twenty-five grams of sugar, you walk two kilometres or kind of make it during that two-week window of Christmas. You kind of make a pact with yourself that for every time you go over, you’re going to reward yourself with a two-kilometre walk or something, going to do something to kind of balance things out a little bit, even though you’re not balanced during these two weeks. You try to balance yourself throughout the year, and typically you’re going to be OK.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:36:51] Yeah, absolutely, absolutely. So, yeah, this is Humpday conversations number forty-seven. Why sugar isn’t so sweet And so if you guys are just tuning an hour at the end of the conversation, you can always go check out this episode live on Facebook tomorrow or sorry, not live. You’ll catch the recording tomorrow morning on Facebook, or you can go over to the YouTube page and check out the page as well. Or we have all the rest of our posts and et cetera, from previous weeks. All forty-seven episodes.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:37:21] So what we like for you to do now is just, please share the episode, right? Just the. There’s a gift in that, and then people might get woken up by listening to what we just said tonight and just realizing that that’s their moment where they’re going to commit to health. That’s their moment. They’re going to stop eating sugar or whatever it is, any of these conversations. Sometimes it’s just for some people, it resonates with what we just said. They resonate with what we just said and then say, OK, I’m going to take care of my little background and take care of my headache. Enough is enough. When is enough? Everybody is different, but it might be this episode that you’re going to share with them that kind of triggers.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:37:59] You know, my favourite part of Humpday Conversations is my favourite part of doing our hump days live once a week is. When we hear from patients in the clinic or people send us a private message saying, thank you so much for doing that episode, that was really interesting. I didn’t know that. Yeah. So that for me is like the greatest thing that I can hear is that you know, we’re coming into practice and the people that we see weekly, bi-weekly, et cetera are watching these episodes and getting the advantage of having that and that extra bit of information. And so I just really they understand the value and I understand the value, and I just love it. So, yeah, so much for supporting.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:38:45] Thank you, thank you so much. And you know, that’s part of growth is learning, right? And that’s what we want to know because if we’re sharing information, you already know, that’s a little bit of a waste of time. So we really, really appreciate the feedback and. Give us comments in terms of maybe what topics you want to learn about and anything like we’re open to anything, as long as we’re giving a little bit of time to do a little bit of research that we can put out a quality product and good information that we feel that we do every week because we give it time.

So thank you Ben for doing this as well and all the work that you put into this. And thanks to everybody that’s observing us every week. Thank you. Next week, we’ll be live again on Wednesday. We’ll try to be on time this time, and we have a little wondering how the heck do we go live on Facebook? And the thing that we usually press wasn’t there anymore. So we had to kind of figure it out, but we figured it out and we were good.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:39:39] Alex’s topic, Alex, is Alex’s post to the comment section. He writes, Great talk tonight guys. A sweet topic.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:39:47] Oh, sweet.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:39:52] All right guys. Thank you so much for tuning in to hump day conversations. Number forty-seven with Dr. Clayton Roach and Dr. Boudreau from Roach Chiropractic Centre in Bedford. Hope you guys all have a great week and we will see you guys again next week and some of you guys in clinic before the end of the week.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:40:09] Take care, guys.