I’m talking about sugar.
You think saturated fat and trans fat is bad for you? Well, if you’re getting your nutritional information from popular media sources – TV, Facebook, Women’s magazine, Health magazines, or documentaries on the big screen – you may believe sugar is more dangerous than heroin and easier to overdose and die when using it.
Can you really be addicted to sugar?
Does everybody with a sweet tooth need to go on a detox diet? Should we try to stop eating all sugars including fructose – the sugar in fruit, and lactose – the sugar in milk and dairy products? Will we live longer, healthier lives with clearer skin and stronger bones if we cut the sugar habit? Will we significantly reduce our risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer when we go sugar free?
WTF? What’s the fact?
Is sugar addiction real. Is it a fact or a myth. It’s true that some people get carried away eating sugary foods. They like the taste and so they eat more than they planned. It fuels every cell in your brain and your brain sees sugar as a reward.
That sounds like an addiction, but is it really an addiction?
When you eat a lot of sugar, you’re giving your brain a lot of rewards and that makes you want more. If you eat sugary foods often you are reinforcing that reward and that creates a habit that becomes very hard to break.
A habit that is hard to break isn’t an addiction.
Some people report experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop eating sugar. I tried to find some research published in peer-reviewed scientific/medical journals that concluded or even suggested that physical withdrawal symptoms are real. I found plenty of anecdotal evidence but no real science to back up the self-reported withdrawals.
I conclude, based on reliable sources, that the withdrawal isn’t real, but sugar can make you shaky.
If your blood sugar is level low and you choose a sugary snack such as candy or cookies, the sugar in your bloodstream quickly turns to glucose causing your pancreas to dump a lot of insulin into your bloodstream to remove it. The high level of insulin can cause your blood sugar level to drop suddenly which leaves you feeling wiped out and shaky. You want more sugar. That’s not a withdrawal symptom.
It’s not withdrawal symptoms, but I’m not saying that eating a lot of foods with added sugar is a good idea. It could be bad for you and there are definitely foods to replace some of those foods with a lot of added sugar that would be much better for you.