Maybe it’s just an old wives’ tale, but I’ve heard it said that whatever a mother consumes a lot of during her pregnancy, the baby will be addicted to when they enter the world. My mama must have been eating jelly beans when she was pregnant with me ………. lots of them ………..
I wish it were not so, but I was born with a sweet tooth. I have a mouth full of cavity fillings to prove it. And all of these holidays when stores line their shelves with bags and bags of the tantalizing temptations do me no favors. It is a constant attack of the devil to wreck my self-control.
Well, it turns out the old wives’ tale may be correct; there is actually scientific evidence to support the theory that babies can develop cravings before they are born.
In an article on prevention.com entitled, “Why Halloween Candy Is So Addictive” you read the following:
“How can a fun-sized chocolate bar turn you into an addict? Blame sugar, salt, and fat. Our bodies have not evolved to handle this over-stimulating trifecta, says Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Michigan. Long before Mrs. Fields was peddling cookies in shopping malls, sugar was a rare treat, found in fruit and guarded by stinging bees; salt was a simple garnish; and fat was a nutrient that had to be hunted or foraged. Now, processed foods often contain all three (remember the bacon ice cream sundae?)—minus the protein, fiber, and water that help your body handle them.
In a another article called “The Ten Most Addictive Foods” you discover that candy is the second most addictive food in the world only behind ice cream as numero uno, and that babies can become addicted to it in the womb.
Mark Gold, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Florida, has been researching food addiction for 30 years. He found that the sugary foods you’re exposed to in utero and throughout childhood make kids love—and crave—more sugar. “We need to pay attention to what we feed our children,” he says. “We may be setting them up to become food addicts.” prevention.com
So, is there is at least an outside chance that I can blame someone else for my worthless inability to control my inner cravings?
Don’t I wish ………
Romans 2:5-8 (NIV)
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
There is a stark warning here. While it would take some pressure off my conscience if my failings could be linked to someone else, they are ultimately mine ……….. all mine. I am the only person I can blame for my inability to control myself.
And as a parent, there is some wisdom in limiting the amount of sweets you consume and allow your kids to consume. You don’t want to create a food dependency for your children.
So today I start again. Thank the Lord that he is merciful and that he stands ready to help at a moment’s notice.