Sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, SUGAR!!!
Read your labels. Corn Syrup, Sugar (a.k.a. Sucrose), Fructose and Glucose are in practically everything.
It may be tasty, but it is no good for our waistlines, or any other parts.
I was surprised to find added sugar it in everyday items like:
Condiments such as ketchup, relish, and BBQ sauce
French fries and other fast foods
These are just a few of the items that the manufacturers sneak sugars into. No wonder society has an obesity problem!
And did you know that sugar can also be addictive?
Scientist have debated for years over whether of not sugar can really be an addictive substance but more and more evidence is showing that it is true.
Dr Charles Raison, A Mental Health Expert and psychiatrist said "Scientific studies suggest that eating activates the same brain areas that are the primary targets of drugs of abuse, and foods high in sugar, fat and certain carbohydrates are especially likely to stimulate our brain in ways that can become addictive."
Throughout history, sugar was a rare substance enjoyed by the rich. It was a painstaking process to make the sugar from either sugar cane or sugar beets, which made the resulting product very expensive.
Today, with our technology, sugar is easily made and easy to find. It's everywhere!
In fact, Soda, which is packed with corn syrup, is the #2 item purchased at grocery stores, second only to milk! And it is the single highest source of calories here in the USA! (I almost fainted when I read this.) What are we doing to ourselves?
The more we eat the more we want. And binge sugar eating also has withdrawal symptoms,just like a drug.
Sugar as also been found to contribute to: tooth decay, gum disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and some auto-immune diseases. And the most shocking : It is even linked to Chronic Depression.
And there is more. See Dr. Mercola's "76 Additional Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health" for a huge amount of health detriments caused by sugar.
If you have some extra time, this video is extremely informative and well worth watching. It's called Sugar: The Bitter Truth.
I have personally felt some of the effects of sugar addiction. It may not be as strong as a tobacco or heroine addiction but the more sugar I ate, the more I wanted. I would try to stop my binge sugar eating by throwing out all of the sweets in my house and staying away from them at the store, but I would find myself scouring the shelves of my pantry and fridge for anything sweet! I wouldn't rest until I found the frozen half bag of chocolate chips at the bottom of the deep freeze.
If you are feeling that "I need sweets" feeling, try reaching for natural sugars instead. Grab a banana, peach, or other type of sweet fruit. Stay away from anything with high fructose corn syrup or sugar.
As with any addiction, a sugar addiction is difficult to overcome, but your body will thank you! You will feel better, live longer, and be stronger, emotionally and physically!