Just in time for Easter, Dr. Robert Lustig is here to rain all over our parade.
Dr. Lustig, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California at San Fransisco, explains that sugar and alcohol are metabolized virtually identically by the liver and when you overload the liver with either one, you get the same diseases. Prior to 1980, both Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease were diseases exclusive to alcoholics.
And this is where it gets scary, so hold onto your hats: Today 30 percent of children manifest some form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and the rates of Type 2 diabetes in children are approaching the rates of Type 1 diabetes.
Um. Y’all. That is terrifying.
I have a friend who always says that “sugar is poison” and I mostly make jokes back about how it’s “delicious poison,” but like, it is. Both delicious and poison. I currently have five Easter baskets hidden in my closet, loaded with poison meant to remind my children that Christ died and rose again so that they could live forever. That’s not quite how it works though, right?
Time for plan B (codename: don’t poison children in Jesus’ name). Imma compile a quick list of alternate options for those of us who got sucked into the candy aisle and are now panicking:
5 Poison-free Easter Basket Alternatives
Flower or vegetable seeds (this set comes in an egg carton!), and kid-size gardening tools
Kids LOVE planting their own seeds, watering them, and watching something grow from it — it really is a miraculous process, and it’s a perfect Easter gift.