CAT | Kids Health
Since 2012 ReNew Life has partnered with Vitamin Angels to support their efforts to supply lifesaving vitamins to more than 30 million women and children in about 45 countries worldwide, including the United States. By donating a percentage of its product sales to Vitamin Angels through campaigns at retailers such as Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts and Walgreens, ReNew Life is able to help those in need gain access to the vital nutrients that provide a foundation for good health.
Vitamin Angels is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by Howard Schiffer to help at-risk populations—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to critically important vitamins and minerals. With the help of corporate supporters/donors like ReNew Life, they work to promote the use of universal supplementation of vitamin A, along with multiple micronutrients to reduce illness and promote healthy physical and cognitive development for children under five.
“We are very excited to be working with ReNew Life, as they too are focused on health promotion and education,” said Vitamin Angels founder Howard Schiffer. “By supporting the health of pregnant mothers and their children through their first five years of life, we can greatly reduce the instances of illness, disease and death, and give children the chance to lead meaningful and productive lives.”
Like Schiffer, ReNew Life president and founder Brenda Watson is passionate about helping people improve their health and well-being through the benefits of optimal nutrition and digestive care.
“As ReNew Life continues to educate people on the benefits of a balanced digestive system, we are also pleased to be able to improve the lives of so many deserving children through Vitamin Angels,” says Watson. “The importance of a child obtaining essential vitamins can have a dramatic effect on early childhood development. We are so honored to help Vitamin Angels supply much needed nutrients to children who would not commonly have access to them.”
Recently the FDA announced plans to update the current Nutrition Facts label, and one of the things health experts hope to see is more clarification about the amount of total and added sugars in our food. Now, the World Health Organization says our daily sugar intake should amount to only 5 percent of our total calories—half of what they recommended previously. It seems the sweet stuff’s bad reputation is finally catching up to it.
According to WHO officials, the exorbitant amount of sugar consumed in the United States is contributing to poor nutrition, weight gain, obesity (and obesity-related health problems), and the development of dental diseases—treatment for which soaks up a large portion of the national health budget.
“I applaud the WHO for tightening up their recommendations on added sugar intake,” says ReNew Life founder and natural digestive care expert Brenda Watson, C.N.C. “A reduction of sugar intake is a step in the right direction. But honestly, I believe added sugar has no place in a healthy diet. Overconsumption of sugary foods, along with foods high in refined and starchy carbohydrates, is a major—if not the major—contributor to chronic disease. And if you have ever experienced sugar cravings (who hasn’t?), you know that there is a fine line between ‘just one bite’ and ‘just ate the whole cake/pint of ice cream/box of cookies.’”
The new draft guideline, currently online and available for public comment until the end of the month, recommends a reduction to below 5% of our total energy intake per day for an adult of normal Body Mass Index (BMI)—equal to about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar daily. However, that means our average sugar intake would have to drop by two-thirds, according to a recent FOX News article.
The WHO’s last attempt to revise its sugar guidelines came in 2002, when the proposal to cut sugar consumption to less than 10% of our daily calories evoked a less-than-sweet reaction from the U.S. sugar industry. However, the more we learn about sugar and its harmful effects on the body, the more health experts are taking steps to increase awareness and encourage healthier eating habits.