Sugar Addiction

dreamstime_s_48953215SUGAR Рis the biggest business and the most addicting substance man has ever created. Sugar is so dangerous, that the mere removal of it from the diet can show major improvements and eliminate a large percentage  of all health complaints.

Interestingly, sugar is also one of the hardest substances to give up as it is the most addictive substance on the planet based on sheer numbers of consumption. Even if we give up eating sugar, we will always be addicted to the taste of it. Diabetes numbers prove this as its incidents are climbing steadily every day.

Junk food manufacturers, know that sugar is highly addictive, feed it to us by the tablespoon full to support our sugar cravings. Food label laws require ingredients to be listed in descending order of amount used. The first item on the list is the most prevalent down to the least at the bottom of the list. This provides a measure of what items contain the most sugar and can be replaced or eliminated.

The average North American adult consumes an astonishing 3 pounds of sugar each week. None of this should be surprising, considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), honey and high-fructose corn syrup, are in practically everything. Foods such as bread, pasta, cereals, crackers convert to sugar in a few minutes of ingestion. Mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce and all prepared food are also loaded with sugar and contribute to an ever increasing rate of obesity.

To change any habit, including addictions, will take three to four weeks. For the brain to re-wire itself and to get comfortable with a new habit the bad habit has to be replaced with something new like Stevia, a natural product with low calories and no nasty side effects or a variety of spices to challenge the taste buds.

Being healthy is a choice. Perfect health is a goal to be worked toward. It may never be reached, but the journey is well worth the effort.