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The Sugar Blues – A Free Workshop with Bob Blaufarb. Find the Hidden Sugar in Your Diet.

The Larchmont Public Library is hosting a free workshop led by Bob Blaufarb which will provide you with the information you need to rid your family of these unhealthy sugars. Bob Blaufarb is Captain and Director of Health, Wellness and Fitness for the Mamaroneck Fire Department and is also New York State accredited health coach. The workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 10, at 6:30pm, in the Library’s Michael P. Coords Activity Room. Most all of us would like to follow a healthier lifestyle. Many of us even start exercising more, cut out fats from our diet and limit the amount of salt in our diet and stay well away from sweets. Such a course should put us on the way to being healthier people, right? NO! Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may very well be consuming far more sugar than you think. Sugar masquerades in many different ways and much of it is hidden in your favorite foods.

Food manufacturers often add different kinds of sugars during the canning or packaging process, which has zero nutritional value. Like salt, sugar can also be used as a preservative to extend shelf life. Not surprisingly, a great deal of these hidden sugars is in our children’s favorite foods. So, how do you find these hidden sugars and how do you eliminate them from your family’s diet?

According to Blaufarb, sugars lurk in places and in foods that you would never suspect and many of these foods have been marketed as “healthy alternatives” to other foods that are allegedly even less healthy. Foods such as yoghurt, canned vegetables, health bars and sports drinks, all have unhealthy levels of sugars contained in them. Blaufarb is on a mission to educate families as too much sugar in kid’s daily diets can have a profound effect on their health as they mature. The World Health Organization recommends consuming no more than 50 grams of sugar per day. If one teaspoon of sugar equals four grams, this means the total sugar intake per day should be no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar. This may sound like a generous amount, but consider that one can of soda equals 40 grams (10 teaspoons) of sugar, or one cup of your favorite breakfast cereal can contain up to 20 grams (5 teaspoons) of sugar, it becomes easy to see how significant the issue of hidden sugars is.

We all try to so the best possible job as parents to ensure the health and safety of our children. Bob Blaufarb notes that, sadly, today because of our busy and often hectic lifestyles, these priorities may fall through the cracks when it comes to nutrition and fitness, even with our best intentions. In this workshop, Blaufarb will present the facts about sugar as it relates to our children’s education, personality and physical development as they journey through childhood and adolescence, and how to lay a strong foundation for health by reducing excess, hidden sugars that are craftily designed by food manufacturers.

For more information about the workshop, call the library at (914) 834-2281 or visit the library online at www.larchmontlibrary.org.