How to Kick the Sugar Habit
If you put sugar on your food or in your beverages or you are eating processed food which has added sugar, then this is detrimental to your health.
Sugar, and the inflammation it causes, is at the root of countless diseases
On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed over one and a half million times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month.
This is amazing for a university-type lecture of some 90 minutes on the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology when he proves to his viewers that sugar is first and foremost a poison. Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
The average American consumes 225 pounds of sugar annually
Sugar is such a toxic and addictive substance and of course the human body is totally unable to utilize the that roughly 225 pounds of sugar and HFCS consumed by the average American ever year. Before the 1900s the average consumption was only 5 pounds per year. The maximum amount of sugar we should consume is 6 teaspoons per day but of course preferably less.
Our livers turn this blood sugar into fat (triglycerides) and store it on our bellies and hips. If you have a sugar addiction, you need to seriously address the problem and the good news is that it gets easier to kick the habit the longer you hold out. Your tongue creates new taste buds every two or three weeks. These new taste buds will be far more sensitive to subtle flavors and natural sweetness, leading to a complete turnabout where they end up disliking the overpowering sweetness of most processed foods and desserts.
It can take anything from 21 to 30 days to change from the sweet habit but your health could benefit for the rest of your life.
14 Good Reasons to Cut Out Your sugar consumption
1. Sugar has been observed to aggravate asthma, move mood swings, provoke personality changes, muster mental illness, nourish nervous disorders, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension and lead to arthritis.
2. Sugar is nothing more than empty calories, with no nutritional value and is very addictive.
3. Sugar contains none of the essential nutrients. While it does provide us with a sudden energy boost, this is just a quick fix as the calories in sugar are soon burned by the body. This means that you will need more sugar more often in order to maintain your energy level. And since sugar is so high in calories, the more of it that you eat, the more weight you will gain. Unless you remain extremely active, your body simply can’t keep up with the caloric conversion required when you consume large amounts of sugar.
4. Sugar can lead to the development of diabetes. As sugar is consumed, it raises the glucose levels in your blood, triggering the release of insulin. Glucose levels, where too high, can result in serious conditions such as blindness, loss of circulation and diabetic coma. The effects of diabetes are so serious that stabilizing blood glucose cannot be emphasized enough. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat so that when you take in lots of sugar you are making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
5. Sugar can seriously depresses the immune system (leading to a whole new set of problems) and upset the body’s mineral balance.
6. Sugar can be responsible for hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties and grumpiness in children while contributing to eczema.
7. Sugar can reduce good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol.
8. Sugar can increase the growth of Candida and other yeast infections.
9. Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium and can contribute to osteoporosis.
10. Sugar can promote tooth decay and lead to periodontal disease.
12. Sugar can cause depression.
13. Sugar feeds cancer.
14. Sugar is responsible for almost half of all ageing that takes place inside skin cells. Sugar binds with collagen (the protein that makes up 75% of skin) and activates a chemical reaction called glycation which damages elastin and collagen – the two substances your skin needs to stay supple and elastic. In the end sugar will lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. Sugary foods can also trigger increased sebum production which will clog your pores and result in acne breakouts.
Cutting back on sugar can be difficult as many sources of sugar are actually hidden
Added sugars masquerade under a variety of identities including beet extract, cane juice, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose (table sugar), dextrose, lactose, cane syrup, glucose and fruit-derived sugar. The obvious culprits such as candy, cake, cookies and soda are easy enough to avoid or limit but there is sugar in almost all packaged food including ketchup and canned fruit.
Change to natural, fresh whole foods - avoiding processed, packaged and convenience items
And very importantly, any sugar you do consume (an absolute maximum of 6 teaspoonfuls per day) should be brown, unrefined sugar because white, refined sugar is bleached with chlorine bleach (a substance that many people are sensitive to). Chlorine when combined with organic compounds converts to dioxin, a lethal chemical.
If you really cannot give up sugar, stevia is a safe and natural alternative
Stevia has been used for a thousand years in South America, and for a generation in Japan. Unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, stevia is a natural plant and a safe, natural alternative to sugar and perfect for preventing weight gain and promoting general good health. Stevia is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and is virtually calorie free.
Use in moderation because Stevia can still decrease your sensitivity to insulin. Anyone with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or excess weight will have insulin sensitivity issues and would benefit from avoiding all sweeteners. Otherwise, change to stevia for a safer sweetener.
Don't forget to check your foods and beverages for what sweeteners or artificial sweeteners are listed in their ingredients.