Get the Facts on Sugar
Sugar – the drug of the 21st Century
When we want more energy, we search for something sweet to eat. When we feel down, we gravitate toward the sweet stuff. When we have a craving for something–but we don’t know what–we reach for something sweet. Why is this? What kind of hold does this substance have on us and why is it being considered the “drug of the 21st Century?” My intention with this post is for you to get the facts on sugar so you will drastically change your relationship with it. I’m only touching on some highlights with this and other posts. If you want to learn more, grab a computer and go to town!! You will never look at this sweet stuff in the same way again!
We are born to love sweet things with our first taste of breast milk or formula. It’s no wonder we want more of it as we age. Sugar makes us feel good for an hour or so. But then the sugar crash, with all it’s ugliness, begins. You start to drag and you might even become irritated or grouchy…but you never understand the correlation between your attitude and the addictive nature of sugar.
What do we know about sugar?
- Sugar is very sweet and enhances the flavor of foods.
- Sugar is a carbohydrate, it contains empty calories and it gives us energy.
- Sugar (or sucrose) is an even mixture of 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
- Sugar can be found is many unusual places such as canned vegetables, , baby foods, tomato sauce, etc.
- Sugar triggers the symptoms of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in humans and animal studies.
- Sugar triggers feel good endorphins which is why so many people turn to it when they feel depressed.
- Sugar is highly processed and added to processed foods with the intention of high sales–nothing more.
- Sugar is a substance that offers no value, empty calories and weight gain.
What you probably don’t know about sugar
- That sweet white stuff is highly addictive and people can experience mild withdrawal symptoms when sugar is removed from the diet (headaches, mood swings, fatigue, etc)
- It has been known since 1970 that sugar is toxic to the body, when John Yudkin published his theory which linked it directly to type 2 diabetes, but it contradicted the “fats and cholesterol” theories of experts in the field.
- In the 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- Today, the average American consumes about 180 pounds of sugar a year!
- Sugar is the driving force behind this country’s leading killers such as obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and heart disease, just to name a few.
- Research has now contributed sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to behavioral disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, brain fog, headaches, daytime drowsiness, nighttime insomnia, and depression.
- Sugar also contributes to metabolic conditions such as autism, ADHD, digestive and autoimmune disease, arthritis weight gain, and other mental problems.
- Food manufacturers are fully aware of the addictive nature of sugar and use it to their advantage to sell products.
- The more sugar an individual consumes over time, the more their liver is taxed and builds up resistance to insulin, and the faster complications and diseases take their toll.
- Don’t fall into the sugar substitute trap, thinking that it’s a better choice! You’ll just create a whole new set of problems you don’t want.
What’s to come?
Unfortunately, it will take years for researchers to conduct long-term studies to learn just how much sugar becomes a chronic problem for people. But experts in the field are working on that now. By eating foods that naturally contain sugar–sweet vegetables and fruits–you should be able to satisfy your desire your sweet tooth.
For now, I have very briefly shared some insights for you to consider when your body begins to crave something sweet. When you need a pick me up, consider the fact that your body is trying to tell you something. Either you’re not getting something you body needs or your body is responding to a habitual pattern–your consistent consumption of sugar. If you want to give your body a break from this sweet stuff and want some quick tips and support, I’m here to help.
Kicking the Sugar Habit Workshop
I offer an hour workshop called Kicking the Sugar Habit. This interactive presentation has been designed for businesses and groups free of charge. Please contact me if you would like to help your employees, friends or family work toward their health goals.