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Are you suffering from a Sweet Tooth Addiction?

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One of my patients asked me an interesting question recently:

Dr. why do I feel that the more sugar I eat, the more I want to consume it? I’m trying to stop, but I just can’t.”

Of course, we all love giving in to our sweet tooth sometimes. We’ve all been there. We’re humans after all.

sugarI also have my sweet craving – pancakes coated in chocolate and cream – which I used to eat every day. And although I loved this dessert, I realized that the more sweets I ate the worse I felt. 

I didn’t know it at the time, but it felt like I was struggling with an addiction – Sugar Addiction.

It’s time you found out the little-known truth about sugar and how it can trigger a full-blown scale disaster within your body.

Little do you know that as long as you eat sweets you are already experiencing its side effects even if you don’t know it yet.

Related: Sugar and Cocaine – What do they have in common?


Right as we speak you may be suffering from:

  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • A headache
  • Constipation
  • Skin problems
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Brain fog and inability to focus
  • Fatigue or sleepiness after meals
  • Gas, bloating or extended stomach after meals
  • Mood swings (anger, sadness, lack of willpower, depression, etc.)

Maybe you’ve heard about celebrities who go on a sugar-cleanse and stop eating it all together (except fruit).

Why do you think they do that?

In reality, celebrity nutritionists recommend their clients to purge all sugar out of their systems to enjoy multiple health benefits. 

Stars like Matt Damon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Angelina Jolie are well known for being on sugar-cleanses.

Related: Blast Your Sugar Cravings Naturally


Researchers have studied sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates for decades and reached a shocking conclusion:

Sugar has a mile-long list of health hazards:

  • Suppresses your immune system.
  • Is linked to cancers.
  • Promotes weight gain and obesity.
  • Stops weight loss.
  • Disrupts the body’s mineral balance.
  • Contributes to depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
  • Promotes overgrowth of bad bacteria (such as candida) in the gut.
  • Contributes to insulin resistance and diabetes.
  • Can cause hormonal imbalances.
  • Increases risk for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Reduces good HDL cholesterol and increases bad LDL cholesterol.
  • Drowns your vital organs in fat.
  • Triggers heart disease and stroke.

How could this be?

To have a clearer picture, look at the following statistics.

  • In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
  • By 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 2012, more than 50% of all Americans consumed 1/2 pound of sugar per day – translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
  • Nowadays, the average sugar consumption in America is over twice the recommended amount.

To put it differently, you should also know that in 1890, only 3 people out of 100,000 had diabetes.

In 2012, that number skyrocketed to almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people!

So then, why isn’t anyone blowing the whistle on this? 

Why are they trying to hide the truth about healthy sweet alternatives?

What are your thoughts on this?

To your health!


References:

  1. Avena, Nicole M., and Bartley G. Hoebel. “Amphetamine-sensitized rats show sugar-induced hyperactivity (cross-sensitization) and sugar hyperphagia.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 74.3 (2003): 635-639.
  2. Benton, David. “The plausibility of sugar addiction and its role in obesity and eating disorders.” Clinical Nutrition 29.3 (2010): 288-303.
  3. Colantuoni, Carlo, et al. “Evidence that intermittent, excessive sugar intake causes endogenous opioid dependence.” Obesity 10.6 (2002): 478-488.
  4. Lustig, Robert H., Laura A. Schmidt, and Claire D. Brindis. “Public health: the toxic truth about sugar.” Nature 482.7383 (2012): 27.
  5. Tandel, Kirtida R. “Sugar substitutes: Health controversy over perceived benefits.” Journal of pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics 2.4 (2011): 236.

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