The growing list of banned foods in Queensland's school canteens.
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Not-so-sweet side of sugar

“LEARN to live in sugar-free bliss. It not only changes your life – it may possibly save it,” was Monica Colmsjo's message when she visited the Hervey Bay Library yesterday to discuss her new book.

The book, titled Sugar Dreams, focuses on the escalating sugar consumption and sugar addiction in today's society and its relation to alcohol and drug abuse.

Ms Colmsjo said the book was the culmination of a long and painful process after she began writing it only a few months after the death of her eldest son.

The book delves into the very personal journeys of many addicts, including her son Johan.

“It was a very painful process,” she said.

“However I believe that high sugar consumption led to his tobacco and alcohol abuse and eventually the brain tumour that claimed his life.”

Ms Colmsjo is a former teacher and now works as a clinical nutritionist who has worked and lived with addicts for most of her life.

She conducts seminars and workshops on how nutrition impacts everyone's lives and what everyone can do to lead healthier lives.

She believes there is too little information or education about the role of nutrition in many of our modern diseases and addictions, whether it is diabetes, obesity, ADD ADHD or an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

“Most people are so misinformed it's crazy,” she said.

“Nutrition is often overlooked for prescription drugs which simply mask the problem.”

Sugar Dreams is on sale from most book stores on the Fraser Coast and Ms Colmsjo encourages people to have a read.

“I found myself surprised when writing the book,” she said.

“I learnt so many new things and really enjoyed it, so I hope when people read it they learn something new and enjoy as much as I did writing it.”

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