Winter is the time when adults and children get the flu. With holiday travelling, staying up later than usual, and eating sweets, kids are bound to get run down. Their immune system becomes compromised and that results in an increased risk of symptoms of cold and flu. SUGAR COMPROMISES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Most people don’t realize that sugar is one of the main components that depresses the immune system. Within 30 minutes after consuming sugar, the immune system becomes weakened. This effect can last for over 5 hours…plenty of time to make the body more susceptible to illness. According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. More shocking are the amounts children consume:
- 1-3 year olds consume an average of 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
- 4-8 year olds consume an average of 21 teaspoons of suger per day.
- 14-18 year olds consume an average of 34 teaspoons of sugar per day.