Sweet, sweet sugar! It makes everything from your morning oatmeal to your after-dinner treats delicious. Even you normally skip dessert and say no to treats, you can still be addicted to sugar!
Sugar doesn’t just sweeten your foods, it also messes with your biology, making you cranky, overweight, and in a word, sick.
In short, consuming refined sugar and excess carbohydrates can lead to mood swings, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, fatigue, compromised immune function, anemia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.
Did Our Ancestors Consume Sugar As We Do?
In the days of our ancestors, sugar was only available in naturally occurring forms like fruit and honey, nutrient-dense foods that were limited in availability, both seasonally and geographically. As a result, people consumed far fewer calories from the sugar in their diets than we do today in our modern refined sugar and carb landscape. Added sugars just didn’t exist back then; only sweet natural foods did.
According to the research, going back to a hundred years, our ancestors consume less than 10 grams of sugar per day, or a little more than 2 teaspoons, yet by 2014, sugar consumption had jumped to a shocking 88 grams per day or 22 teaspoons. The statistic can be explained by the fact that refined sugar is now widely available and that it has made its way into just about everything we eat, from cookies and brownies to salad, dressing, yogurt and tortillas.
Read more >>> “Sugar, The Dangerous Ingredient in Almost Everything”.
The Hidden Truth About Sugar
The truth is, there is no benefit and no nutrient-dense to eating sugar! None at all!
Sugar is not a food group, or even a food per se. It is a chemical extracted from plant foods. On its own, it possesses no nutritional value whatsoever. It’s not like fat or protein or complex carbohydrate, which all provide nutritional benefits. Sugar is just straight calories with no redeeming qualities, hence the term “empty calories”.
In addition to causing long-term ills like weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, living in a state of sugar addiction has an immediate effect on your day-to-day life, ranging from insomnia, anxiety, and fatigue, to tooth decay, vision problems, frequent urination, and even chronic cold or sinus infections.
And because it is addictive, sugar keeps you trapped in a vicious cycle of craving, consuming, crashing, craving, consuming, crashing … as your daily sugar intake goes through the roof.
So, Find Out Now Are You Addicted to Sugar?
You’ve probably noticed that sugar detox programs are all the rage lately. Maybe you’ve questioned whether or not YOU have a problem with addicted to sugar. I invite you to keep reading and discover the truth for yourself…
If you agree to any of these clues, you might have a problem with sugar consumption and addicted to sugar. Sugar is highly addictive, if you do have a few of these signs, don’t worry, you can turn the situation around.
Are you addicted and crave sugary foods or refined carbs at least once a day
You love having a big donut or muffin with an afternoon coffee. Or maybe you’re more of a savoury type of person and you enjoy a croissant loaded with cheese or a bag of chips. In the end it all turns into sugar.
Are you often keep eating even if you’re full
When you get your hands on a big piece of chocolate cake you can’t stop yourself from finishing it, even if you’re totally full.
Are you addicted to eating sugary foods or junk food even when you know you don’t need to
You had a nice healthy supper an hour ago, yet you want to snack on some jelly beans, chocolate or a bag of chips even though you KNOW that it’s not nutritionally necessary, nor are you truly even hungry.
Are You addicted to make excuses to eat sugar
You buy organic sugar or honey so that you can make excuses and claim that it’s healthier. In truth, sugar is still sugar, and you know this yet you can’t stop yourself from indulging.
Are You make special trips to the store or restaurant to get your fix
Uh oh, your ice cream stash is empty, there are no more chips in the cupboard. Time to run to the store and stock up, or go for a treat at your local cafe just because you can.
Are you addicted to Sugar becomes your reward
Oh I’ll just clean the kitchen and then I’ll deserve to have a slice of cheesecake. I had a rough day, I deserve to eat chips and drink pop for dinner.
You’ve got a secret stash and when nobody’s around you dig in
This is a big one, if you have a stockpile of unhealthy snacks that you hide from your loved ones, it’s time to open your eyes and put down the candy.
You’ve tried to stop eating sugar and you just can’t
No matter what you do it seems impossible to stop. You’ve tried to quit sugar but only end up feeling horrible and finally you cave in to the urge.
So Why do We Addicted to Sugar?
If sugar is bad for us, then why do we want to eat sweet things?
The science behind the cravings, sugar crashes is only ONE WORD: DOPAMINE.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger that delivers a signal to and from the brain) that helps control feelings of reward and pleasure. It is released for many healthy reasons, including physical touch and exercise.
Dopamine is also released in response to the consumption of certain substances, including caffeine, narcotics and sugar.
The dopamine response you get from eating sugar sends signals throughout your body that encourage you to continue to seek pleasurable feelings.
Now, this wouldn’t be an inherently bad thing if the sugar you were eating every time you experienced this pleasure was nutrient-dense, like some berries, and you were eating it in the overall context of a healthy and balanced diet.
If you received this pleasure only from eating sugar where it naturally occurs in fruit or honey, you would likely receive enough nutrition from the foods that stimulate this pleasure to calm the desire for more.
In other words, you’d feel the pleasure from the sweet taste, but you wouldn’t be hit with a subsequent craving. What happens today, however, isn’t so straightforward.
Not only do modern, refined forms of sugar trigger this release of dopamine, but they also rob your nutrient stores (more on this in a moment) – which leaves you with the constant desire for more sugar.
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