‘Like heroin, cocaine and caffeine, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug, yet we consume it daily in everything from cigarettes to bread.’ -William Dufty, author of Sugar Blues.
Most people eat too much sugar. They eat sweet cereal for breakfast in addition to sweetened juice. For lunch they have a sandwich with a sugary muesli bar or chocolate bar, and with dinner they often drink lots of soft drink or other sugary drinks. And dessert might be ice cream, cheesecake, cake, slice or some other sugary treat.
Sugar gives us a lot of energy at first, and then it makes us really tired and cranky, and always wanting more sugar. Some people get headaches or feel sick from eating sugar.
Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance for two reasons:
- Eating even a small amount creates a desire for more.
- Suddenly quitting causes withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.
Today, sugar is found in many of the usual suspects, like cakes, cookies and lollies. But you will also find it in canned vegetables, baby food, cereals, peanut butter, bread and tomato sauce. It is often disguised in fancy language, labeled as corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose or fructose. Even some so-called healthy foods contain sugar. You may think your afternoon cup of coffee only has a little sugar, but a large Frappuccino actually contains 44 grams of sugar, or 10 teaspoons—that’s like eating three donuts! Overconsumption of refined sweets and added sugars found in everyday foods has led to an explosion of hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes.
Our bodies do not need white sugar, and there are many easy ways to eat less of it.
You will feel better and be much healthier without it!
- Eat fruit to get a naturally sweet taste.
- Eat sweet vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots and squash.
- Drink soda water or water with a little juice or fresh lemon or lime instead of soft drink.
- Bake your own desserts and treats using natural sweeteners (natural stevia and rice malt syrup).
- Eat more grains, chewing well to release their natural sweetness.