145: How to Sugarproof your kids with Dr. Michael Goran


Sugar has a bad name these days – much like fat did back in the 1990s.  “Research shows” that it’s addictive…that it shrinks your brain…that it’s likely to lead to all kinds of health problems.


But will it really?


I interviewed Dr. Michael Goran, author of the recent book Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What You Can Do.  This is a pretty alarming title, and I was interested to dig into the research behind the book as a continuation of our exploration of topics related to parenting and food.  It turns out that yes, there’s a lot of research on this topic. And a lot of it supports the idea that sugar may be harmful to children…but the case wasn’t nearly as clear-cut as I’d imagined it would be.


In this episode we discuss the research on which the book is based, and what practical steps parents can take to reduce their child’s sugar intake if they decide they want to do that.


Dr. Michael Goran’s Book:

Sugarproof: Protect Your Family from the Hidden Dangers of Excess Sugar with Simple Everyday Fixes (Affiliate link).



About the author, Jen

Jen Lumanlan (M.S., M.Ed.) hosts the Your Parenting Mojo podcast (www.YourParentingMojo.com), which examines scientific research related to child development through the lens of respectful parenting.

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