Sugar addiction is the most common addiction found in our society today. Just like nicotine, alcohol, heroin and cocaine, sugar is an addictive and destructive drug and we are a nation that is addicted. It is estimated that Americans eat more than 150 pounds of sugar each year. Sadly, most people are unaware of their addiction, in denial, unaware of the serious consequences this addiction has on their health or simply unwilling to give up their beloved vice.
Sugar can be classified as an addictive drug for the following reasons:
1. It is eaten compulsively despite negative consequences
2. It alters the neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin, and dopamine, in the same manner as hard drugs
3. Tolerance develops and more and more sugar is needed to experience the same results
4. With continued use, sugar is needed to function normally
5. When sugar consumption stops, withdrawal is experienced
Because of the aforementioned facts, addiction to sugar can and often does lead to addiction to harder substances and anyone in recovery for addiction to alcohol or drugs will face continued relapse if they continue to eat sugar.
Sugar is a highly refined and addictive substance that is completely void of any nutritional value and has many devastating effects on the human body. It alters, disrupts or damages the nervous, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immune, endocrine and metabolic systems and plays a role in many chronic health conditions, illnesses and syndromes like depression, anxiety, heart disease, hyperactivity, asthma, high blood pressure, acne, chronic headaches, mood swings, PMS, OCD, Candida overgrowth, binging, type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, obesity, food sensitivity, attention deficit and even cancer to name only a few.
It also damages the kidneys, pancreas, and liver, disrupts proper digestion and absorption of protein, impedes healthy colon functioning, leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and many more.
As a matter of fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a health condition that isn’t liked to sugar in one way or another. Even major health organizations like the American Diabetes Association believe that consumption of sugar is one of the three major causes of degenerative disease in America.
Next, to environmental toxins, sugar is the most detrimental factor your health faces. Keeping it out of the diet is the single most powerful step you can take to not only improve your health but protect your health in the future. If you eat sugar because you’re not informed, that is one thing; but if you continue to eat it after you’re aware of the numerous negative effects it has on your health, then that is simply irresponsible and destructive behavior, which you should not give yourself permission to engage in.
In many areas of life we don’t have a lot of control, but what we eat is something we have complete control over, and the choices we make in food has a profound impact on our mental and physical health. Taking it out of the diet is something we can all do that is affordable and requires no visit to the doctor’s office or extra expenses in lab tests or remedies.
Sugar that should be removed from the diet comes in many different forms and names which include, white sugar, powdered sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, and even organic sugar, organic cane syrup, date sugar and maple sugar. As well as high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltose, and lactose.
Other sugars that are considered healthier like molasses, maple syrup, honey, barley malt, agave, rice syrup etc. should all be extremely minimized as well, as they too will lead to the same health issues if eaten in excess.
The good news is that although sugar addiction is often as severe as hard drugs and alcohol, it can be successfully overcome with a commitment to changes in the diet and lifestyle and nutritional supplementation.