The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do
Michael Goran, director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at USC, is a thought leader in the field of childhood nutrition whose responses to the dangers of sugar use by infants and children has been widely recognized as unusually practical and courageous. SUGARPROOF is the definitive guide for parents who want to understand how sugar can be a hidden cause of their child's problems - a cause that they can do something about.
In a groundbreaking study, Goran's team conducted a detailed analysis of the sugary products that kids love and found that these yogurts, cereals, sodas, and juices often had more sugar than advertised and also contained different types of sugar than were being disclosed. Today's children are not just consuming more sugar than ever, but they are consuming sugars that are particularly harmful to them--and their parents don't even know it.
The news is dire, but there is also plenty of hope. We can prevent, address, and even in many cases reverse the effects of too much sugar. In this guide to "Sugarproof" kids, Dr. Goran and co-author Dr. Emily Ventura, an expert in nutrition education and recipe development, bust myths about the various types of sugars and sweeteners, help families identify sneaky sources of sugar in their diets, and suggest realistic, family-based solutions to reduce sugar consumption and therefore protect kids. Their unique "Sugarproof" approach teaches parents to raise informed and empowered kids who can set their own healthy limits without feeling restricted. With a 7- and 28-day challenge to help families right-size sugar in their diets, along with more than 35 recipes all without added sugars, everyone can give their children a healthy new start to life.
Dr. Michael Goran is one of the world's most widely recognized experts in childhood obesity research, with more than 30 years of experience as a researcher, mentor, and educator. He is a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He is the founding Director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center and the Co-Director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. He holds the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. He is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and received his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK.
Dr. Emily Ventura is an experienced nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer, and cook.