Dessert for Breakfast? Sugary Children’s Cereals

Kellogg's ServeImage.aspxHow would you feel if your kids had a Twinkie or even had cookies for breakfast?

Well, that’s exactly what she or he — or maybe even you — may be doing most mornings.

Suffice it to say that millions of children are beginning their day going into Sugar Shock.

So found a scary new report on popular cereals, Sugar in Children’s Cereal, from the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

The Environmental Working Group arrived at its frightening sugar findings after studying 84 popular brands of cereal, many of them marketed directly to children, to see if they meet either the federal government’s proposed nutrition guidelines or the industry’s looser nutrition guidelines.

And the EWG found lots about sugar, sugar, sugar.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, which has nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals, according to EWG’s analysis.

In fact, the EWG found, a one-cup serving of the brand contains more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie.

Meanwhile, one cup of any of the 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

Here’s EWG’s list of the 10 worst cereals.

10 Worst Children’s Cereals
Based on percent sugar by weight
1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.4%

Of course, this EWG report comes as no surprise to me, given that I often share information about sugar’s pervasiveness and its dangers, as I did in my first book, Sugar Shock.

So why should you care about your kids eating so much sugar for breakfast?

As the EWG points out, studies suggest that children who eat breakfasts that are high in sugar have more problems at school.

For instance, they become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts, as the EWG noted. And by lunchtime, these kids who filled up on sugar for breakfast have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

Kudos to the Environmental Working Group for sharing this important news.

Click here to see the best and worst cereals, as discovered by the EWG.

Wondering what’s a good breakfast then? Well, for starters, why do your kids have to have cereal to start the day?

But if they do, make sure, as nutrition expert Marion Nestle, Ph.D., recommends that you pick:

  1. Cereals with a short ingredient list
  2. Cereals high in fiber.
  3. Cereals with little or no added sugars (such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

An easy breakfast for children would be a piece of fresh fruit (like an orange or apple), a cooked of steel cut oats (sprinkled with cinnamon), some plain milk (if they can handle dairy), and a hard boiled egg (prepared the night before).

Have you heard yet that my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is due out next year? Stay tuned for details.

Sugar Addiction Begone! Kick Sugar With Me This Month

New York Open Center If you're like many Americans, you want to shed your excess weight so you can fit into your favorite slim outfit, have the trim, toned, sexy body you crave and be healthy.

Just imagine how you'd feel if you had more energy, more cheerful moods and more satisfying relationships.

Envision what your life would look like if you were more productive, thinking more clearly and experiencing a boost in your libido.

All of the above can happen if you eliminate sugar and refined carbs.

But losing weight, getting more energy, concentrating better, becoming happier and having a bigger sex drive are just a few of many benefits you can gain from eliminating sugar, as I pointed out in my book SUGAR SHOCK!

In fact, when I quit sweets and refined carbs on doctor's orders in 1998, a whopping 44 ailments disappeared and I felt reborn!

But, let's face it, cutting out sugar or those "culprit carbs" can be challenging for most people.

After all, you didn't develop a sugar habit overnight. So let me educate, inspire and guide you to become joyously sugar free.

Kick sugar cartoon Join me Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 pm for my fun, interactive, life-changing free introductory class, "SUGAR SHOCK! Breaking Free of Your Sugar Habit" at the New York Open Center, the largest urban holistic center in the United States.

On that one night, you'll get some tips and tactics to begin to break free of your sugar habits.

But, as you can imagine, since you've probably had a lifetime of being overly attached to sugar, one hour with me is isn't enough to change your destructive patterns for good.

That's why I'm also teaching a 4-week course at the New York Open Center, which begins next week, from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2.

In this four-week course, I'm sharing proprietary techniques that I developed and which worked for me when I removed sugar from my diet in 1998.

In addition, you're getting dozens of tips that have helped my clients. Plus, you'll receive many ideas from a variety of health experts, who kindly shared them with me.

For instance, in my 4-week course at the New York Open Center, you will:

  • Discover the 10 reasons people fail when making New Year's resolutions or when breaking a sugar addiction or other bad habits (what I call babits™).
  • Get 7 Smart Starter Strategies so you can conquer your sugar habit for good.
  • The most dangerous word in the English language that is disempowering when seeking to kick sugar.
  • Find out 5 ways to save money on food and beverages in this economy but still make healthy choices.
  • Find out why this course has the wrong title! (But we had to name
    it "SUGAR SHOCK! Breaking Free of Your Sugar Habit" so you'd know what you're getting.)
  • Receive 50 simple, effective tips and tactics to squash your sugar cravings.
  • Get a helpful, comprehensive sugar-free shopping list and sample meal plans.
  • Discover what 3 most empowering questions to ask yourself whenever sugary foods "call out" to you to stop your destructive cycle.
  • Find out how you can use "failing" or being human (i.e., imperfect) to your advantage.
  • Have fun discovering tasty, sugar-free desserts from 2 guest bakers.
  • Taste delicious sugar-free treats from 2 local chefs.
  • Find out which 3 foods can drive away your "sweet tooth."
  • Get educated about 20 cutting-edge research studies, which reveal the dangers of sugars and refined carbs.
  • Receive a list of more than 100 ways your sugar habit is killing you.
  • Learn how you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, cancer, infertility, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. 
  • Be trained as a "Savvy Sugar Sleuth" so you easily unmask sugar's many disguises and read food labels in the grocery store.
  • Get invited to one complimentary teleseminar. (This is one of many bonuses you get by signing up for my 4-week course.)
  • Learn to identify 10 surprising foods that contain hidden sugars.
  • Get inspired by successful "Sugar Kickers," whose sour-to-sweet tales you can listen to at any time via complimentary audio downloads.
  • Determine how your sugar habit is harming your health, weight, moods, relationships, work, spirituality and ability to get things done.
  • Learn how to talk to your loved ones about your sugar habit.
  • Uncover your 5 "W's" that drive you to sweets and refined carbs.
  • Acquire simple, juicy, valuable, always-accessible tips and tools to help stomp out your sugar habit for good and to prevent binging, relapsing and self-loathing
  • Get 10 ways to "Say No With Sass!" when offered desserts.
  • Develop your special, do-able, personalized plan.
  • Learn easy techniques to topple stress so you won't feel a need to turn to sweets.
  • Discover how sugar wreaks havoc on your body.
  • Gain insights so you can decide your best course of action — to quit cold turkey, phase our sweets or still take tastes from time to time
  • Receive at least 2 helpful handouts and undertake at least 2 fun, revealing, life-changing adventur-cises™ (adventurous exercises) every week.
  • Do valuable "Sugary Soul Searching."
  • Learn to surf when cravings strike. (You heard me right!)
  • Determine how to embrace your triggers and saboteurs rather than avoid them.
  • Invite "The 4 P's" into your life.
  • Meet your Kind, Know-It All.
  • Get the
    truth about sugar substitutes and learn which sweeteners are safe to use.
  • Be coached to help you succeed.
  • Have a chance to listen to interviews with a who's who of world-renowned experts in the field of nutrition, diet, fitness, motivation and spirituality. 
  • Receive supportive emails and audio messages to "hold your hand" and guide you through the program.
  • Find out ways to to nurture and nourish yourself without candies, cakes and chips and how to live a sweeter life without needing to turn to sweets. 
  • Get your questions answered.

Register now for my complimentary introduction on Jan. 5 and 4-week course, from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 at the New York Open Center.

Please note: If you're in another part of the re in another part of the country or world and cannot make my talk at the New York Open Center, please join us
virtually or telephonically in other upcoming programs so you can still get helpful tips, tactics and
tempting tidbits.


  • Register now for four-week course, staring Jan. 12 at the New York Open Center.

    If you sign up for the course because of learning about it on this Sugar Shock Blog, you will receive a free gift from me.

  • Hope to see you there.
  • Got Milk Full of Sugar?

    Milk Parents and health advocates, are you OK with either your kids or our nation’s children regularly having 3 teaspoons of sugar added to one 8-ounce glass of milk?

    Well, that’s basically what our youngsters all around the nation are being encouraged to do, starting this week as the National Dairy Council — creators of the “Got Milk? cammpaign — launches a new campaign to heavily promote sugar-filled chocolate milk in schools across the country.

    Hemi Weingarten, a fellow blogger at the Huffington Post, alerted us to this development.

    All that added sugar — over 3 teaspoons worth — has rightfully raised the ire of health advocates, points out AP writer Emily Fredrix

    In fact, experts like Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D., deputy directory of the Rudd Center
    for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, recommends tossing the chocolate milk. I agree with what she told Fredix — that kids already have too much sugar and chocolate milk
    has no place in schools.

    Clearly, children already are in sugar shock with all the sweets they consume each year.

    In fact, the additional sugar in flavored milk can add up to an extra 5 pounds of body weight over the course of a school year, Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper told the AP.

    What’s the matter with regular milk? You don’t need to make milk sweet to get kids to drink it!

    Halloween Tricks Kids Into Sugar Overload: Op Ed Piece

    Hall leftover-halloween-candy-by-harris-graber Are you re planning on passing out sugar-filled candies for Halloween tomorrow night?

    If so, you should know that every time you hand out candies, you're tricking kids into sugar overload. 

    Halloween isn't just one night. It paves the way for bad eating habits year-round.

    Read more about this in our opinion piece in today's Newark Star-Ledger.

    Spread the word to your friends, fans and family members.

    Make comments. Get heard, too.

    Halloween: Prevent Sugar Shock

    Kids trick or treating Halloween can be a harrowing time for both kids and their parents, because on this holiday and the days or even weeks that follow, kids will often face major blood sugar highs and lows after pigging out on dozens of sugar-laden candies. 

    In other words, they'll be hurled into sugar shock.

    Let's face it, no matter what kind of limits their parents may try to place on their children's candy consumption, youngsters will often overdose on sweets, even if they have to do it in secret.

    Unfortunately, that's what Halloween means these days. It's a nationally sanctioned "Sugar Overload Day."

    So how can you help your young trick-or-treaters not get wiped out, cranky, depressed, headachy or charged up from having too many candies?

    The way to soften the blood-sugar-bouncing whammy and lessen sugar shock is to make sure that your children eat a healthy, well-balanced meal before they cavort around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candies.

    For instance, before they head for the streets, give your children:

    • Ample protein (such as a piece of fish or free-range chicken)
    • Fiber-filled, quality carbs (like a salad, steamed vegetables, a sweet potato and a small portion of brown rice)
    • Smart fats (such as olive oil drizzled on top of your salad and sweet potato)
    • Plenty of water (bring bottles with you, too, to keep your kids hydrated)

    By powering up with with PFF (Protein, Fiber & Fat), your child may:

    • Have more consistent energy
    • Feel filled up from the meal so that he or she eats less candies
    • Be a lot more fun to be around, because his or her blood sugar is balanced

    I cannot stress enough how important this is to make sure that your kids eat right before they go out trick-or-treating.

    If your children don't eat a good meal before eating lots of candies, they may go into sugar shock, which means they might:

    • Get wired or really tired
    • Become argumentative
    • Pick fights with their siblings
    • Find it tough to stay focused
    • Develop a horrific stomach ache
    • And more…

    Learn about the sugar-overload situation you're facing on Halloween. Just read my short, first entry over at my new blog at the Huffington Post. Please post a comment and become a fan, too.

    Halloween Horrors: Nearly $2 Billion in Candy Sales Expected

    On Halloween, a national holiday, where you’re pretty much
    encouraged and urged to overdo it on  sweets, adults are expected to
    fork over a whopping $1.89 billion for candies, which they’ll pass out to trick-or-treaters this year, according to a new study from IBISWorld market  research firm.

    I guess these candy buyers just aren’t aware of  the dangers of sugar and refined carbs.

    Even worse, despite the fact that one in three children or teens are
    overweight or obese, sales of health-harming, mostly empty-calorie
    sugary “treats” in 2009 are up by 6.8% over last year.

    Indeed,
    despite the bad economy, people’s appetite for sweets has increased.
    (As my clients often complain, when times are tough, they find that
    their sugar addiction gets worse.)

    Fat_kid
    Interestingly, people are spending nearly as much on candies as on
    costumes. Indeed, the $1.89 figure for candies is just shy of the $2.2 billion in projected sales for fanciful outfits. In all, Halloween will cost consumers $6 billion this year.

    Apparently American adults, like their kids, are so keen on sweets
    that they can’t wait until Halloween before they delve into their
    stash.

    According to the National Confectioners Association, “40 percent of American adults admit to stashing a few pieces of candy from the trick-or-treat bowl before the ghosts and goblins show up on October 31.”

    Meanwhile, the candy association also found that:

    • Four in ten adults (or 41%) admit that they sneak sweets from their own candy bowl.
    • 62% of adults plan to give candies because “it’s a personal favorite”
      or a household tradition (55%).
    • 90% of parents admit they sneak
      “goodies” from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags.

    Talk about sugar-obsessed people!

    Lest you’re tempted by the image of candy corn, I urge you to first
    learn the nutrition facts, thanks to DietFacts.com. For instance, according to Brach’s,
    22 pieces are 140 calories. They also contain 75 mg of sodium, as well
    as 36 grams of carbs and 31 grams (7.75 tsp.) of sugar. They also have
    absolutely no fiber (9 grams) and no protein (0 grams).

    The ingredients contain sugar, corn syrup, salt, honey,
    confectioner’s glze, gelatin, dextrose, artificial colors (titanium
    dioxide, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1), sesame oil and artificial
    flavor.

    Still tempted by the candy corn?

    Stay tuned for tips to have a healthy Halloween.

    Candy-Chomping Kids Commit Crimes as Adults

    Candy and kids Can eating too much candy on a daily basis make you commit crimes? 

    If you're planning on passing out candies to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, read this first.

    Kids who eat candy and other sweets daily may be more likely to be arrested for violent crime  as adults, according to a new British study, which you can read about on MSNBC and other organizations.

    Curiously, this startling study was published soon before this widely accepted sugar-giving holiday, in the October issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

    Researchers from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, headed up by Simon Moore, Ph.D., a senior lecturer in the Violence and Society Research Group, looked at data from the British Cohort Study of more than 17,000 children born in 1970 in the U.K.

    Studying the data of four decades, Dr. Moore and his colleagues found that 69 percent of those children who ate candies or chocolates daily at age 10, were later arrested for a violent offense by age 34, the AP reported. Of those who didn't commit any crimes, 42 percent ate sweets daily.

    Dr. Moore, who has been studying children to commit serious crimes,
    discovered that "kids with the worst problems tend to be impulsive risk
    takers, and that these kids had terrible diets — breakfast was a Coke
    and a bag of chips," he says, according TIME

    To be sure, experts are critical of these conclusions, this sugar-crime connection is nothing new. In fact, you can read about other related, eye-opening studies that arrive at similar conclusions in my book SUGAR SHOCK!

    (more…)

    New York-Area Residents: Break Free of Sugar this January at the New York Open Center

    New York Open Spring-2009-cover

    New York-area residents, would you like to release unwanted pounds?

    Would you like to feel liberated from your sugar habit?

    Would you like to boost your energy so you're consistently full of verve and spunk?

    Kicking or at cutting back on sugar and refined can quickly enable you to all of the above — and more.

    Save the dates now!

    You can catch a free introductory program on Tuesday, January 5 at the New York Open Center, which recently moved to cool new offices.

    Then, learn how to begin Breaking Free of Your Sugar Habit by taking my four-week course, which runs Tuesday, Jan 12 at the pm EST when I speak at the New York Open Center.

    Of course, this is three-plus months away so in the meantime, I invite you to purchase my book SUGAR SHOCK! to learn about sugar's dangers.

    (more…)

    Sugar Addicts & Overweight People: Get Help Now! Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

    Are you tired of being a slave to your sugar habit?

    Would you like to find a way to break free of your excess
    weight, mood swings, fatigue and addiction to sugar and refined carbs?

    Did you listen to numerous guests on my 2-hour radio
    show
    that kicked off the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge?

    Numerous experts will tell you about sugar's dangers and more.

    Listen to the show now.

    Get "tweets" (messages up to 140 characters
    each) with information and information for 24 hours, from noon today to noon
    tomorrow.

    www.Twitter.com/TwitAsYouQuit

    Sign up to take the challenge here.  (http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-sign-up)

    Join us. This is one life-changing program.

    Listen now to the show with:.

    • Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of “Get the Sugar Out”; 
    • Dr. Peter H. Gott,
      nationally syndicated medical columnist and author of “Dr. Gott’s No Sugar, No
      Flour Diet”;
    • Elizabeth Abbott, author of “Sugar: A Bittersweet History”; Dr. Eric
      Westman, director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic; 
    • Dr. Hyla Cass, integrative psychiatrist and
      author of “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs”;
    • MeMe Roth, founder and president of the National Action Against Obesity;
    • Dr. Woody Merrell, author of “The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger”;
    • Dr. Fred Pescatore, author of “The Hamptons
      Diet”;
    • Amy Kalafa, co-founder of “Two Angry Moms,” which is dedicated to cleaning
      up the school food environment; 
    • Susan
      Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood; 
    • Dr.
      Larry McCleary, author of “The Brain Trust 
      Program”;
    • Valerie Berkowitz, R.D. and certified diabetes
      educator, author of the upcoming book, “The Stubborn Fat Fix.” 
    • Jimmy Moore
    • Amanda Lerner
    • Mark Berry
    • Susan Shapiro

    Sugar Addicts, Dieters, Hypoglycemics & Diabetics: Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge Kicks Off at 12 Noon Eastern Today

    Today's a big day for sugar addicts around the globe. You will get 24 hours of help. Here's a press release that's going out. Feel free to pass this along to friends in its entirety. Please note that we need someone overseas (Australia, Great Britain or other non-American countries) to help send out tweets when we're asleep over in the U.S. Write to me if available.

    Obese and Overweight People and Sugar Addicts Can Get Back on Dieting Wagon By Joining The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge from Jan. 16 to Jan. 31

    Learn Sour Sugar Facts and Get Sweet Benefits by Listening to Experts Dr. Peter Gott, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, Dr. Nancy Appleton, Dr. Hyla Cass and Others

    Millions of Americans who, like Oprah, have fallen off the diet wagon and are now obese or overweight can get inspiration and education for the next two weeks by joining the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, which kicks off Jan. 16.

    This is the first time that health and wellness experts—including authors of so-called “competing” sugar books—have banded together to issue a wake-up call to help obese and overweight people for whom food (often culprit-carb snacks) is their “drug of choice.”

    The health experts — who are seeking to help the 34 percent of Americans who are obese and the 32.7 who are overweight — feel compelled to speak out in this New Year's resolution-oriented month to deliver the sour sugar news: Over-consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates could lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, infertility and Alzheimer's disease. (The experts warn about all caloric sweeteners, including sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and dextrose.)

    While most Americans may think they they're not big sugar eaters, the facts disagree. The average American consumes about 170 pounds a year or one cup a day. Figures for people overseas vary, but excessive sugar consumption is also a huge problem in Great Britain and Australia, among others.

    But the health experts also bring lots of hope, too, to people in all parts of the world.

    Already, millions of people have discovered the enormous benefits of kicking or reducing sugar and refined carbs. For instance, they could lose lots of weight, as well as reverse or prevent type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Azheimer’s disease.

    For years, many celebrities have been savvy about sugar’s dangers and the many benefits you get from eliminating it or cutting back on consumption of it.

    Marilu Henner, Suzanne Somers, Daisy Fuentes, Vanessa Marcil, Halle Berry, Mariette Hartley and Susie Coelho are among those who've previously spoken to reporters about this subject.

    Meanwhile, people of all ages and sexes around the world — even if they don't think they have a sugar problem — are invited to find a buddy and take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge for the next two weeks.

    The challenge kicks off Fri., Jan. 16, at noon Eastern, with a fast-paced, two-hour, sugar-consciousness-raising program on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show (http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-challenge-radio-show) featuring numerous health experts and authors of sugar books.

    The show – which you can listen to live or later via podcast — will feature such acclaimed health experts Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of “Get the Sugar Out”; Dr. Peter H. Gott, nationally syndicated medical columnist and author of “Dr. Gott’s No Sugar, No Flour Diet”; anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Nancy Appleton, author of “Lick the Sugar Habit”; Dr. Elizabeth Abbott, author of “Sugar: A Bittersweet History”; Dr. Eric Westman, director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic;  Dr. Hyla Cass, integrative psychiatrist and author of “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs”; MeMe Roth, founder and president of the National Action Against Obesity; Dr. Woody Merrell, author of “Unleash Your Natural Energy”; Dr. Fred Pescatore, author of “The Hamptons Diet”; Amy Kalafa, co-founder of “Two Angry Moms,” which is dedicated to cleaning up the school food environment;  Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood;  Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler, principal of Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia—the first sugar-free school in the country—and author of “Healthy Kids, Smart Kids: The Principal-Created, Parent-Tested, Kid-Approved Nutrition Program for Strong Minds and Healthy Bodies”; Roberta Ruggiero, founder of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation; Dr. Larry McCleary, author of “The Brain Trust  Program”; Dr. Roberta Lee, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel's Center for Health and Healing in New York City; the “Nutrition Twins” Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse ("Lyssie") Lakatos, authors of “Fire Up Your Metabolism”; and integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Steven J. Bock, and Valerie Berkowitz, R.D. and certified diabetes educator, author of the upcoming book, “The Stubborn Fat Fix.” 

    In addition, happy, successful “Sugar Kickers” will participate, including popular low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore, who lost 180 pounds, mostly by cutting out sugar and refined or starchy carbs, and Amanda Lerner, who was delighted when kicking sugar made her shed 25 pounds, as well as get more energy, clearer skin, increased focus, more creativity and an exhilarating feeling of freedom. In addition, her sugar cravings, depression, eczema, candida and fainting spells disappeared.

    The Sugar-Out Challenge is coordinated by Dr. Scott Olson, author of “Sugarettes," and Connie Bennett, host of the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show and author of "SUGAR SHOCK! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life — And How You Can Get Back on Track (Berkley Books)," which has been endorsed by “Oprah” regular Dr. Mehmet Oz, bestselling author Dr. Christiane Northrup, actress/author Marilu Henner, film producer Harvey Weinstein, fitness expert Kathy Smith and many others. Cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra is the contributing author, and Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote the foreword.

    Serving as advisory board members to the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge are MeMe Roth of the National Action Against Obesity and low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore. 

    The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge also includes a 24-hour helpfest on Twitter, where short, educational, motivating tweets will be sent from www.Twitter.com/TwitAsYouQuit. In addition, participants will give each other support. Twitter is a popular, fast-growing, microblogging program, with 6 million users now sending out messages of up to 140 characters.

    The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge then continues for another two weeks of sugar-consciousness raising, with overweight and obese people, as well as sugar addicts, hypoglycemics and diabetics, encouraged to particiapte in an Internet-based viral campaign by sending out a link of the Gab With the Gurus podcast with health experts to friends and loved ones around the world.
    http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-challenge-radio-show

    "Most people don't realize that whenever you eat or drink foods or drinks from a bottle, can or package, you’re probably getting sugar or high fructose corn syrup,” says "Sugar Liberator" and Sugar-Out Challenge co-coordinator Bennett, a journalist, certified health counselor, speaker and life coach.

    "Of course, you get sugar and other sweeteners from candy bars, soda and cookies, but you also get it from less obvious sources like yogurt, whole grain cereal, peanut butter, salad dressings and mayonnaise," continues Bennett, who, before kicking sugar in 1998 “needed” frequent sugar "fixes" to meet her article deadlines.

    “People who want to lose weight as their New Year’s resolution and to get back on track need to know that your weight will lift right off if you just cut
    out sugar and refined carbs.”

    The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge co-planner Scott Olson, N.D., a Colorado-based naturopath, adds, "People assume that diseases are a normal part of aging, but that’s not true. Many illnesses are caused by the sugary foods and drinks and refined carbohydrates that we put into our mouths. Our mission is to get people and medical authorities to admit to this reality."

    The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge will take place virtually, on the Internet, and in the media:

    = To join the challenge, sign up anytime by posting a comment at http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-sign-up or click on the “Sign Up for Sugar-Out Challenge” button (on the upper nav bar)

    = Listen live on Jan. 16 (at noon Eastern) or later, at any time, to a 2-hour show/podcast on the Gab With the Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio with notable health and sugar experts. Just go anytime to: http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-challenge-radio-show

    = Get inspired by following (either live or later) a 24-hour-long TwitAsYouQuit campaign (from Jan. 16 at noon to Jan. 17 at 11:59 p.m.) on www.Twitter.com/TwitAsYouQuit Sign up at Twitter to get supportive, educational, motivating, 140-character tweets, designed to help dieters, sugar addicts, diabetics and hypoglycemics. , who also will give each other twitter support. (If you don’t know about Twitter, join  Twitter for Newbies program on Jan. 20 on Connie’s Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. www.GabWithTheGurus.com)

    The goals of the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge are:

    = To wake Americans and others around the world to the sour truth about the huge amounts (about 170 pounds per year) of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners that they are consuming — often without knowing it.

    = To educate people about the many dangers of sugar overloading, which could lead to more than 100 health problems, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, sexual dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease, failing memory, mood swings, depression, anxiety, severe PMS, heart palpitations, acne and premature aging.

    = To motivate challenge-takers to eliminate sugar and other sweeteners all day, Jan. 16, and then to begin phasing them out until the end of January (at the least) so they can lose weight, feel and look more youthful, boost their energy, diminish depression, concentrate better, rev up their sex drive and improve their general health overall.

    ——–
    To take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge that begins on Jan. 16 and continues until Jan. 31. Here’s how to participate:
    1)    Join at http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-sign-up or click on the sign-up button at www.SugarShockBlog.com
    2)    Listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show  at http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-challenge-radio-show. (You can listen live Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm Eastern, but most people will listen later so people are encouraged to send the link to friends and colleagues around the world for the next 2 weeks.)
    3)    Sign up at Twitter (if you don't have an account yet) and begin following short posts (up to 140 characters) at www.Twitter.com/TwitAsYouQuit Participants are also urged to post encouraging words to fellow participants.  Boost sugar consciousness by reading the short posts or “tweets,” starting Jan. 16. As with the radio show, people are encouraged to send the @TwitAsYouQuit address to people around the world until the end of January.)
    4)    Get educated and inspired by reading quotes from supporters of this first-of-a-kind Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge. Just visit: http://snipurl.com/sugar-out-supporters

    —————————————
    ABOUT GREAT WORLDWIDE SUGAR-OUT CHALLENGE COORDINATORS

    CONNIE BENNETT, C.H.H.C.:
    == Connie Bennett is the author of the book "SUGAR SHOCK!," with cardiologist/anti-aging expert Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. "SUGAR SHOCK!" has a foreword by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and endorsements from Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, former presidential candidate/former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, actress/author Marilu Henner, film producer Harvey Weinstein and numerous other experts. Bennett — who is a journalist, certified health counselor, sugar-liberation expert, speaker and life coach — is a former sugar addict, who was once besieged by 44 baffling ailments, including ferocious headaches, crippling fatigue, troubling "brain fog" and severe PMS. More than 10 years ago, in 1998, she reluctantly kicked sugar on doctor’s orders and within days, she felt “reborn,” becoming more energetic, focused, cheerful and more. Bennett has helped thousands of people around the world break free from their addiction to sugar and “much-like sugar carbs” such as breads, crackers and chips. She is based in New York. Her website is www.SugarShock.com; her radio show on Blog Talk Radio is www.GabWithTheGurus.com and her blogs are www.SugarShockBlog.com and www.GabWithTheGurusBlog.com

    ABOUT SCOTT OLSON, N.D.:
    ==Dr. Scott Olson is a naturopathic doctor, an expert in natural medicine, as well as a writer, researcher, speaker, health adviser, health coach and author of the book “Sugarettes,” which spotlights the addictive, nicotine-like nature of sugar. He was once overly attached to much-like-sugar carbs such as breads, chips and crackers. He is based in Denver. Dr. Olson specializes in treating people with sugar addiction, cancer, type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. His website is www.OlsonND.com

    Experts Support Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

    “People like Oprah who want to lose weight as their New Year’s resolution and to get back on track need to know that your weight will lift right off if you just cut out sugar and refined carbs. It’s that simple. Just read food labels before you eat or drink foods or beverages out of bottles, cans or jars. Better go, choose `real food’ that isn’t processed.”

    – Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., Sugar Liberator, Speaker, Health Counselor, Life Coach Author, “SUGAR SHOCK!” and Co-Coordinator, Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

    “People assume that diseases are a normal part of aging, but that’s not true. Many illnesses are caused by the sugary foods and drinks and refined carbohydrates that we put into our mouths. Our mission is to get people and medical authorities to admit to this reality."

    -  Scott Olson, N.D., Author of “Sugarettes”, Naturopath and Co-Coordinator, Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

    "Cholesterol is not your enemy when it comes to heart disease. It’s sugar. Cholesterol may be found at the scene of the crime, but sugar is the major perpetrator, not cholesterol.”

    – Cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., contributing author of “SUGAR SHOCK!”

    "Sugar and high glycemic starches rapidly convert to sugar when eaten and they cause a highly destructive pro-inflammatory response in our bodies. This is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled, sagging skin."
    – Nicholas Perricone, M.D., C.N.S., Board-Certified Dermatologist and Bestselling Author "You are brilliant, Connie! Thanks for showing everyone what 24 hours without their “drug of choice” feels like…fingers crossed that you will change 1000s of lives in one day!"

    – JJ Virgin, Ph.D., C.N.S., Nutrition & Fitness Expert & Former Nutrition Consultant to Dr. Phil’s “Weight Loss Challenge”

    "Dramatically reducing refined carbohydrate intake is one of the greatest health challenges the U.S faces in the next decade, as we seek to restore our national health and health care system."

    – Woodson Merrell, M.D., Chairman, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center & Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons & author of “The Source: Unleash Your Natual Energy, Power Up Your Health and Feel 10 Years Younger”

    "Sugar is so last millennium! We now know that refined carbs and sugar get us high (great fun for the moment!), then wreck our moods, endocrine system and, ultimately, our health. It's time to Sugar-Out this Friday and every day after. And for crying out loud, don't teach your kids to use sugar to get high. Instead give them the natural highs that come with playtime, holding hands and laughter. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge: what a great idea!"

    – MeMe Roth, Nutrition Adviser, National News Pundit and President, National Action Against Obesity

    "Sugar Disease–with its progressive manifestations of hypoglycemia, insulin resistance and, finally, diabetes–is America's leading health problem.  Coming to grips with this epidemic would go a long way towards eradicating the chronic diseases that threaten to undermine our nation's health and sink our economy."

    – Ronald Hoffman, M.D., Medical Director, Hoffman Center in New York City, and Host of Health Talk on WOR

    "Many so-called mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction and even bipolar illness have a strong relationship to blood sugar imbalance, caused by eating–you guessed it, sugar! These often-serious conditions can be overcome by eliminating sugar, eating a healthy diet, and taking specific supplements, as needed. I have helped many of my patients and readers replace medication using this natural approach, with excellent results!…."

    – Hyla Cass M.D., Integrative Psychiatrist and author of “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs”

    " It is so much easier to prevent obesity, sugar addiction, and Type II Diabetes than it is to reverse these problems (although they ARE reversible!). Education is the very best medicine we have.  When we bring healthy school food into the curriculum, we connect kids with their environment; we get them active in school gardens and in tasting and trying real, whole food; and we get them thinking differently about what goes into their bodies.  Lots of new research shows that better food makes kids better learners, improves classroom behavior, attendance and athletic ability.  Let's bring this conversation into every Board of Ed meeting, every state assembly, and front and center of the new Federal administration!!

    – Amy Kalafa, Co-Founder, Two Angry Moms & producer of "Two Angry Moms" film, which shows parents what they can do to clean up America's school food environment.

    "As a certified nutritional microscopist (live and dried blood analysis, trained by Dr. Robert O. Young), I have seen the devastation caused by the fermentation of sugar in the body.  You see, sugar will either burn as a fuel (because you have enough oxygen present) OR since our body has limits to how much oxygen we can intake…  sugar that cannot have oxygen to be able to burn will ferment which increases acidity considerably."

    – Rick Panson, Certified Nutritional Microscopist, Raw Food Creator of Raw Jaw Foods &  Water Filtration/ionization Consultant

    "Sugar is a major cause of inflammation in the body and therefore a cause of many modern diseases. I support your efforts fully!"

    – Gerianne C. Geszler, M.D., The Center for Health and Restoration, Inc., Fayetteville, North Carolina

    "I'm excited to be a part of Connie Bennett's and Dr. Scott Olson's First Annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, because kicking my sugar habit five years ago saved me from morbid obesity and certain heath destruction."

    – Jimmy Moore, Founder of the Livin' La Vida Low Carb Blog, who lost 180 pounds.

    "I am a registered nurse… and I have avoided sugars for 10 years now. I think that The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great idea. Let's all decrease our sugar intake so that we can increase our intake of nutrient rich, delicious foods that will leave us healthy and satisfied. We'll feel better, look better, live longer, be more efficient, think more clearly and enjoy more."

    – Laura Stanley, R.N., Author, “Don't get Diabetes: a short and simple guide”

    "Sugar isn’t just bad for our bodies. When we consider its history – how it changed the nature of meals, fueled the Industrial Revolution, generated a brutal new form of slavery, jump started the fast-food revolution and fueled the obesity epidemic through soft drinks, we realize that sugar is also toxic to society in general. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great way to begin to challenge the supremacy of the seductive sweet stuff."

    – Dr. Elizabeth Abbott, author of “Sugar: A Bittersweet History”

    "Connie, Dr. Olson and these other health experts participating in this Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge could help cure the single largest cause of many diseases in America by exposing the fact that highly refined and processed foods and beverages are killing us, because they're full of harmful, refined sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup that can… lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as cause insulin harm and many forms of nutrient depletion. In my opinion, corn [from shich you get ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup] is to real food what porn is to fine art. You, your family, your friends, your colleagues, your associates, your clients and your fellow citizens are being led to early disease and death by processed food and beverages… to be further harmed by Big Pharma drugs." Want to get well? Stop consuming any product or brand with refined sugar (cane or beet), high fructose corn syrup, fructose (which is not fruit sugar), agave (which is criminally fraudulently labeled and is chemically refined hydrolyzed high fructose inulin syrup), etc. It's shocking how much sugar we consume. The per capita consumption of refined sweeteners in the U.S. is almost 190 pounds per year when a century ago, it was less than 6 pounds per year. Perhaps it's so popular, because after air, water and salt, refined sweeteners are the least costly (for-profit) bulking ingredient in the food and beverage chain. We are what we eat and will we die (much faster, costlier and more painfully) when we eat junk, fast, take-out, processed, refined, food or beverages, full of bad-for-you sweeteners. We need to eat real foods in their natural state."

    – Russ Bianchi, Managing Director and CEO, Adept Solutions, Inc., a global, natural product development firm "Connie, you are doing more for the world than than any doctor or scientist. Keep it up."

    – Jeraldine Saunders, author of Hypoglycemia: The Complete Health Care Handbook

    "We must focus on educating the public about the significant health benefits of eating whole and unprocessed foods to combat the growing public health epidemic of obesity."

    – Jill R. Baron, MD, Primary Care and Holistic Medicine Specialist New York, New York

    Thoughts on Sugar From Other Experts, Who Endorsed Connie and Dr. Sinatra’s Book “SUGAR SHOCK!”

    “When I finally decided to turn my life around through exercise and better nutrition, one of the first things I did was give up eating refined, processed sugar. “ – Former presidential contender and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

    "Too much sugar and refined carbohydrates could make you very sick — and maybe even kill you.”"
    – Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder, www.M
    ercola.com, the # 1 ranked natural health website

    “Millions of people, including me, have been plagued by their relationship with Sugar…”
    – Film producer Harvey Weinstein (“Chicago,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Good Will Hunting,” etc.

    Read endorsements for “SUGAR SHOCK!” here:
    http://sugarshock.com/endorsements.html