Being Clear About Sugar Addiction and Its Affect on You

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More to sugar than is obvious

Sugar is addictive – but let’s be clear about what we mean by sugar addiction and squash a few myths along the way.

The old adage – “Oh, she/he has a sweet tooth” used to be reserved for those who had a preference for candy and cakes as snacks, or as part of their evening entertainment. While this is still true, it’s only half the story.

We know the obvious sugar foods full of empty calories and satisfying our craving for something sweet. But the dangerous sugar addiction is in our consumption of carbs. These include sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, fruit-flavored drinks, potatoes, white rice and bread, and pasta.

These foods contribute as much to fulfilling our sugar addiction as a bag of M&M’s mid-afternoon.

Tackling the sugars and carbs from a diet is one of the reasons why we created a separate sugar addiction program from our regular weight loss service.

Many forward-thinking nutritionists today – those no longer swallowing the food pyramid mandate – believe reducing sugars and carbs from our diets would mostly eliminate all the problems we have with weight and other metabolic diseases.

Fat is not the enemy we should be fighting… but the opponent is excessive carbohydrates. And unfortunately the food pyramid is full of carbs. The great focus to drive fat out of our diets was, and remains, misguided. A growing number of top nutritionists say cutting carbs is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

So the real enemy is carbs and especially those containing added sugars and while this is a worry for adults it’s also infiltrated and contributed to a teenage epidemic.

A study conducted by Emery University School of Medicine in Atlanta, says overweight or obese teens with the highest added sugar intake had increased signs of insulin resistance – often a precursor to diabetes.

Teens who consume the highest levels of these sugars had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL) or “good” cholesterol, and higher levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – the “bad” cholesterol.

The other part of the equation in the sugar addiction formula is fructose. Fructose turns to fat much more easily than other sugars. Research by the Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that fructose turned into fat more quickly than other sugars, and when it was eaten with fat – as in any junk food – the fat was more likely to be stored than burned – oops!

While fruit contains fructose it has a small amount compared to processed and refined foods, and also comes with fiber and nutrients and not empty calories.

The “sugar plague” of America remains High Fructose Corn Syrup – HFCS – as it’s used to sweeten so many processed foods found on supermarket shelves. Avoid these like the… plague! This is man-made fructose unlike fruit.

Limiting the amount of fructose, whatever its source, and reducing your carbs is a good start to address your sugar addiction and weight issues. Sugar addiction is an area many people who come to me for weight loss struggle with to the point where I now offer a special sugar addiction service.

If you need help cutting back your sugar intake check out this MP3 hypnosis session here >>>.

Erika Slater, CH
Director,
Free At Last Hypnosis

3 Responses to Being Clear About Sugar Addiction and Its Affect on You
  1. Kelly Swanson
    May 2, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with what is being said here. Although some may disagree, I think too much sugar as well as the garbage in processed foods, including the foods served for school lunches are the culprits for kids being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I believe diet plays a huge roll with kid’s behavior these days and what parents are seeing a symptoms of a “disorder”. You didn’t hear of these epidemics in years past because our culture didn’t depend on the FDA to feed us. 70-100 years ago, parents would have outright refused to let our children consume the poisons that are accepted today. Now it’s the norm. That’s scary! I am guilty for trusting that these foods weren’t harmful. They were convenient so I looked the other way. Now I have been dealing with behavioral/mood issues with one of my children who is addicted to sugared pop! Even though I don’t purchase it, he finds a way to get it-usually at a friend’s house. Yes, he is 13, yes, he is hormonal but I know my child. It wasn’t until huge amounts of pop entered the picture that I began to see such a drastic difference in him mentally, emotionally and physically. Parents, let’s do our homework!

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