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Sugar and Cocaine – What Do They Have in Common?

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Sugar addiction

Slipping into a sugar addiction is extremely easy. However you can easily break this addiction, as long as you follow the necessary steps.

But why do you have to?

Well, allow me to tell you a story about a patient of mine, Mary. Since I am bound by doctor-patient confidentiality not to reveal her real name, Mary is a pen name. 

When she first came to me, she was battling not only a mean fungus infection, but also candida. Mary was desperate to find a solution.

While talking to her I realized that Mary is a “sugar addict“. 

Sugar can be found in almost 99% of commercial foods on the market.

All the sugar that Mary was consuming was fueling her candida. And her fungus was growing stronger by the day.

And to add insult to injury, you should know that these infections can turn into cancerous tumors when you least expect it.

Cocaine and Sugar Totally Screw Up Your Dopamine System

Because this sweet substance produces dopamine (the happy chemical) in the brain, people are naturally getting addicted to eating it.

Some even undergo “withdrawal” symptoms if they cut it from their diets cold turkey.

Although the brain can produce dopamine on its own in a few days, the discomfort of the withdrawal process keeps many “addicts” trapped in their addiction.

This sends your health into a downward spiral.

Even though she completely eliminated sugar from her diet, Mary was still struggling with the fungal overgrowth. So I dug a little further.

As I kept questioning her on her new “sugar-free” diet, I stumbled upon something that will make your blood curl.

Many foods that aren’t sweet contain added sugars. 

Moreover, some of them might be in your kitchen right now:

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Greek yogurt
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned baked beans

And the list goes on…

That’s not all, this ingredient is hidden under different names like:

  • Saccharide
  • Monosaccharides or simple sugars:
    • Glucose (aka “dextrose”)
    • Fructose (“fruit sugar”)

Small Summary

Glucose is safe to consume. It supercharges your energy levels and every cell is able to metabolize it naturally.

On the other hand, your liver absorbs fructose entirely. And there is plenty of scientific evidence proving that high fructose consumption is responsible for:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Fatty liver
  • Type 2 diabetes

Take A Look At The Labels

And although you don’t see it written down on the label, food companies have found a way to trick you into still consuming it. So, watch out for the following:

  • Sucrose – “disaccharide” comprised of 50% glucose and 50% fructose.
  • Commercialized honey contains approximately 50% fructose.
  • Agave nectar contains about 80% fructose.
  • HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. Plus, the ingredients it contains are mostly genetically modified.

Not only that, but even the sugar you buy from the store undergoes heavy industrialized processes:

  • “Refined” white (pure sucrose) is a highly industrialized substance.
  • “Brown sugar” is white sugar mixed with molasses.
  • “Raw” sugar has been cooked, and most of the minerals and vitamins are gone.

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What about artificial sweeteners?

If you’re thinking they are a safer alternative… I have some bad news for you:

  • SugarAspartame or AminoSweet is a neurotoxic rat poison. Need I say more?
  • Splenda (sucralose) it’s actually a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame.
  • Neotame promotes weight gain and obesity.

If you are curious, you can check the labels in your foods and see how much hidden sugars they contain. You will be surprised at how much of it you unknowingly consume.

Sugar may be more addictive than cocaine because the intense sweetness can surpass cocaine reward. 

But don’t worry, because there are ways you can curb your  cravings for sweets without feeding in your addiction.

Related: Blast Your Sugar Cravings Naturally

Did you know how poisoning this sweet ingredient is to your health? 

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section.


References:

  1. Ahmed, Serge H., Karine Guillem, and Youna Vandaele. “Sugar addiction: pushing the drug-sugar analogy to the limit.” Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care 16.4 (2013): 434-439.
  2. Westwater, Margaret L., Paul C. Fletcher, and Hisham Ziauddeen. “Sugar addiction: the state of the science.” European journal of nutrition 55.2 (2016): 55-69.
  3. Benton, David. “The plausibility of sugar addiction and its role in obesity and eating disorders.” Clinical Nutrition 29.3 (2010): 288-303.
  4. Avena, Nicole M., and B. G. Hoebel. “A diet promoting sugar dependency causes behavioral cross-sensitization to a low dose of amphetamine.” Neuroscience 122.1 (2003): 17-20.

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