Sugar Addiction

By jonleung8 on January 22, 2011 In Health and Beauty

How many out there are self-confessed sugar addicts? The sweet taste of sugar is incomparable and the stimulating buzz that we get is addictive. Sugar boosts dopamine and opioid levels in the brain which can cause us to crave it if it’s a big part of our diet. The sugar crash that often follows causes our glucose levels to drop and can cause fatigue, lethargy or irritation. As an ingredient in so many of our comfort foods, we often eat too much for our own good (in some countries, the average person consumes over 150 pounds of sugar a year). The side effects of too much sugar include:

Restlessness. Our insulin levels rise quickly when we eat sugar but what goes up quickly also goes down quickly, resulting in sugar-inducing highs and lows.

Gum and teeth issues. Sugar makes your saliva’s PH levels very acidic which is a great environment for bacterial growth.

Calcium loss. Your bones become weaker as the calcium levels in your bones are reduced when you eat sugar.

Weight gain. As if bad teeth and weak bones weren’t enough, sugar is so high in empty calories that a diet high in sugar inevitably leads to weight gain.

If you have a sweet tooth, you can still find many sweet substitutes that will negate a lot of the side effects of sugar. Many fruits are sweet and don’t spike your insulin levels as much. They also contain a ton of vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in sugar. If you’re a big chocolate eater, switch to darker chocolates that contain low levels of sugar and lots of antioxidants.

You don’t have to say no to all your sugar cravings and can still enjoy your sweet snacks in moderation. Leading a balanced, healthy life can mean that you don’t deny yourself the good things, even when it comes to sugar!

Joe trains 5 times a week at Bally’s Gym in Orange County. A long-time fitness enthusiast, he recommends that you buy ephedrine and buy ephedra from Astronutrition.