Does sugar cause you to cackle with delight and send spells of disdain to your waistline? Unfortunately, one of our favorite sweetie treaty holidays is upon us as you can see by any local grocery store. As in all ghoulish fairytales the wicked witch ensnares us with tantalizing sugar driven tricks that do not fool our waistlines.
Shall We Wait for Weight?
One of the most addictive substances on earth is not found in a drug den but right here in your local supermarket. That’s right its not crystal meth but crystal cane. The cane extract, commonly known as sugar, by itself is natural and provides pleasant sweetness to our food and drinks. Without controlled limits it may begin an addiction that will later end in obesity and other health hazards.
Sugar is in nearly everything we eat. In the typical western diet, the amount of sugar that has been added to food products brings our consumption of the sweet stuff up to 22.7 teaspoons per day. To add to our natural intake, our processed foods have added more sugar in order to extend their shelf life. While we know that sugar is a huge contributor to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, we still find it hard to resist. Simply we have been naturally programmed from birth to crave sweet things. One study at Washington University has revealed the direct correlation between the development of the sweet tooth to the very sweet concentration of sugar lactose that is first introduced to us through the form of human breast milk.
Other Scary Effects
When we consume sugar the hormone serotonin is released. Serotonin is released from the same area of the brain that responds to heroin and cocaine, which induces feelings of happiness and euphoria. This great feeling becomes very addictive. A current study has now shown how even the mere expectation of sugar can also affect our cognitive ability. The simple truth is that it’s not always obvious where sugar is hiding in the foods we eat, but the more sugar we consume, the more we want. The sudden rush of sugar spurs the release of insulin, which causes the infamous “sugar rush”, and makes us crave even more to combat the crash.
Breaking the Spell
Although sugar casts a powerful spell, it is possible to overcome an addiction to sugar and win the weight loss battle.
The key is to gradually use less sugar where you can, such as in coffee or tea and in your breakfast cereal. Reduce or eliminate your consumption of soda and water down any fruit juices you may drink. The benefit is that your body will adjust to the taste. After a few months, if somebody suddenly gives you a coffee with sugar in it, you may find it tastes odd. Also, avoid buying desserts from the store, and if you make your own, reduce the amount of sugar that is given in the recipe. Many baked goods use unsweetened applesauce as a substitute.
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For Your Health,
Dr. Leo McCormick, Dr. Darryl Hajduczek, and Dr. Leslie Freeman