Discussion 3 (Artificial Sweetners, Glucose, and Self-Control)
During Week 4, we discussed glucose and how it is metabolized in our body to produce the energy (i.e., ATP) needed to perform biological activities that keep us alive. This article, published in The New Yorker, discusses the conclusions of a study that suggests there is a link between our blood glucose levels and irritability and self-control. Based on the topics we’ve covered in class regarding glucose, what are your thoughts on the different points of view discussed in this article? Do you disagree with any of the statements made in the article? If so, discuss why you disagree. Can any of the times you have experienced a lack of self-control or irritability be associated with you having low blood glucose levels? After viewing the video on the science of low-calorie (non-nutritive) sweeteners, did your opinion change regarding these products? If so, discuss how it changed. Since many of you are working toward a career in medical/health professions, would you recommend low-calorie (non-nutritive) sweeteners to your patients as a part of a weight management program?
You should contribute one (1) comment (at least 300 words) to this week’s discussion. In your post, you should provide a detailed explanation to support your views (include references, if needed). You may use the questions I asked above or discuss another aspect of the article and video that caught your attention. Please DO NOT copy any of your classmate’s comments or plagiarize (you will not receive credit for doing this).
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