We eat foods without even knowing that there is sugar in it. Now new evidence is coming out concluding that sugar is addictive.
Sugar can be so addictive that some people are looking at it like a drug. Recently a health official in the Netherlands declared that sugar is the most over used and abused drug in the world. This is coming from a person who lives in a country where marijuana and other soft drugs are decriminalized, sold openly and without consequence.
I think that sugar is addictive because it creates a cascade of events. When sugar is consumed, blood sugar rises, insulin responds, and your energy levels increase, albeit for a short time period. This temporary increase in energy usually lasts about 20 minutes. After this, blood sugar levels drop for 2 to 4 hours. This will leave you feeling tired and lethargic. It will also leave you looking for something sugary to rev your energy levels back up. It creates a negative feedback cycle that leaves you tired, lethargic and craving sugar. This cycle can go on all day long, and can go on for weeks to months to years.
Recently evidence has come out that artificial sweeteners are not a good alternative. They can actually cause the brain to crave something sweet. This is because when you consume artificial sweeteners, your brain is tricked into thinking that you consumed sugar. Only there is no sugar. So the brain is expecting a sugar rush, but only gets the sweetness, not the increase in energy from sugar. So it leaves the body craving something else sugary to raise back up blood sugar levels.
Watch what you eat, and look at the nutritional labels, because sugar is hidden everywhere. So called “health drinks” can have more sugar in them than a candy bar. Jarred spaghetti sauce has a ton of sugar in it. Salad dressing also has a high level of sugar. Fruit juices are basically sugar. I am attaching an article that shows some foods that have more sugar in them than what you would think.
Eat intelligently. Know what you are putting into your body. What you put in your body will affect you more than what you think it does. If you can eliminate hidden sources of sugar in your diet, then you can eat other sugary treats when you want them, and not feel guilty about it. I don’t want my dessert to be a glass of orange juice. I want my dessert to be a piece of cake or a cookie. They both have the similar amounts of sugar in them.
Know what you are eating. Know what you are putting into your mouth. Don’t eat blindly. Eat intelligently. It is the Pain Free Way.
Here is a link to another article that I wrote about sugar.
Here is a link to an article that shows foods with high sugar content: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/09/9-surprising-foods-have-more-sugar-krispy-kreme-donut