Thursday, Dec. 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas when children receive candy, fruit or some small treat. Some people hang stockings for the feast, while others place a bowl out for St. Nick to fill. Regardless how we choose to obtain a goody from St. Nick we might want to consider moderation in consuming sugary treats.
The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Interestingly enough the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar daily and most of them come from soft drinks and processed foods. It should be noted that teenagers can consume higher levels of sugar because of their metabolism and active lifestyle, but nowhere near the 32 teaspoons the average child/teen consumes daily.
Sugar has no nutritional value, is unhealthy, and extremely addictive. There is new research that shows refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine. In a study 94 percent of rats choose sugar water over cocaine, which is the most addictive substance currently known. Scientists have also found that sugar stimulates the same pleasure centers of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Getting off sugar leads to withdrawals and requires detoxification the same as the hard-core drugs, which is why some people have called sugar the sweetest poison.
Although food and beverage labels are required, the increasing use of alternative sweeteners sometimes makes it difficult to decipher which ingredients is actually sugar. When reading the Nutrition Facts Panel be sure to scan the ingredients list to find all the added sugars, not just the naturally occurring sugar. Sugar comes from multiple sources with many different names such as agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose.
The body doesn’t distinguish between natural and added sugars, making it possible for a banana to be as harmful as a brownie when trying to control your daily sugar. 4 grams equals 1 teaspoon of sugar and sugar is in nearly everything we purchase today, even bread, meat, ketchup, yogurt, and even sports drinks. Often it’s not what we eat but what we drink that pushes us over our limits. An innocent can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch with only 150 calories has a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Excess sugar can lead to liver damage, inflammation in the joints and other areas of the body, obesity, type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, greater risk of heart disease and stroke, and sugar has been linked to depression, fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, and mood swings.
Saturday, Dec. 1 friends and family are hosting a Cervical Cancer Awareness Benefit for Melisa and Chip Ordean from 6-11 p.m. at the Osgood American Legion. Admission is free with a cash bar, T-shirt sales, bake sale, a 50/50 raffle, bucket raffle prizes such as an OSU basket, frozen meat trays, Dayton Dragons tickets, Carrie Underwood autographed photo and much more. Also Saturday at 7 p.m. is the Ansonia Christmas Tractor Parade, as well as Wing Fry Night with Yorkshire Goat Farmers. Dine in or carry out from 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. is the Versailles K of C (and Lion’s Club) Benefit breakfast with Santa Claus. Monday, Dec. 3 the Versailles Bands will present a Christmas concert at the school.
Next Saturday, Dec. 8 there will be a tea party and silent auction to benefit Violet Bensman at the Versailles Library from 3-5 p.m.
Happy birthday to Urb Gehret, Sawyer Schmitmeyer, Scarlet Otte, Justin Lester, Phyllis Davis, Jackie Briscoe, Julie Francis, MacKenzie Bertke, David Bey, Rosemary Paulus, Jenny Crandall, Bill Klipstine, Scott Holzapfel, Alayna Bartram, Joan Epperly, John Wehneman, Mary Wehneman, Deb Blakeley, Nathan Epperly, Broderick Garlinger, Sharon Fourman, Fr. Angelo Caserta (100), Adam Grilliot, Tangie Wood, Dr. Jon Kremer, T.J. Barga, Kim Cooper, Jenny Harris, Julie Homan, Karen Schultz, Jennifer Rinderle, Michelle Dircksen, Kathy Wilker, Tina Jones, Marcia Schlechty, Bernadette Siekman, Mary Beth Erisman, Jennifer Cheeseman, Kim Ware, Jackie Swabb, Peggy Jasenski, Madonna Cohee, Scott Garrison, Angie Savage, Dawn Luthman, Ron Gehret and Andy Monnin as their birthdays approach. Anniversary wishes to Dee and Tom Carrington (10), Amy and Bryan Bartram (14), Cindy and Ralph Dapore (29), Jeanette and Mark Barga (36), Bev and Randy Garrison (?), Louie and Bill Francis (50), and Diane and Larry Prenger (52).
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Gene Oliver, Jack Hale, Lavon Bernholt, Ginger Magoto (wrist), Janice Berger, Violet Bensman, Robert Loy, Lewis Stahl, Bernie Frantz, Beverly Burt, Jackson Winner, Jerilyn Monnin, Fr. John White, Kellie Gehret, Shirley Tapp, Becca Pohl Liette, Jane Meier, Dean Kreitzer, John Brandt, Donna Apple, Alice Luthman, Michelle Sherman, Miriam Harman, Bob Miller, Iona Gariety, Loretta Bey, Steve Bey, Aiden Myers, Angie Keiser, Paul Dapore, Rose Mary Paulus, Cyril Frantz, Carol Laub, Peggy Borgerding, Earl Gigandet, Marge Prakel, Norma Magoto, Betty Kremer, Virginia Smith, Mary Huelskamp, Anabelle Subler, Barb Goubeaux, Samantha Smith and those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers.
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Cody Burelison (31), Sue Barge (69), Mimi Pinchot (76), Marty Bartik (79), Richard DeLoye (80), Lowell Pepiot (85), Eileen Rahm (95), also remembering and keeping in our hearts Lois Marshal Drees, Bernadette Shawler, Rachelle Cordonnier, Jon Agne, Donald D’Innocenzo, Doug Thornhill, Pete Albers, William Baltes, Dr. Richard Paulus, Irene Goettemoeller, Drucella Schlamb, Scott Dircksen, Robert Gump, Zac Richard, Betty Mayo, Tim Shearer, Bob Grilliot, Elmer Hemmelgarn, Colleen and Bob Grube, Kathryn Dross, Agnes Francis, Ralph Lavy, Ruth Hesson, Martha Kremer, Doris Burns, Opal Kueterman, Don Berger, Delpha Unger, Florence Gigandet, Dan Kissinger, Richard Francis, Carolyn Brewer, and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recent passing nears.
“Sugar is eight times more addicting than cocaine.” ~Mark Hyman, MD
“Avoiding sugar can be a sweet deal for one’s health.” ~S. Amelia
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, But not good for you.” ~C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Friday Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.