Author: Linda Ericson
We eat without structure, fall for cheap sales tricks and deal with frustrations through quick energy in the form of refined sugar. When we eat fats and proteins we automatically stop when we feel full, but in the case with sugar we easily continue until we feel sick.
To become aware of a problem and its seriousness it is important to understand the harmful effects of the behavior, substance or food in question. When recognized, it is time that we stop digging the pit even deeper and actually get ourselves up.
Sugar intake in the western world might be at the same level as the past 40 years, but packaging and consumption patterns have clearly changed character. It has become considerably easier to, driven by a sudden impulse, get those empty calories as they are constantly available. They have at the same time become an inseparable part of a lot of activates, preferably in “mega size” or XL-pack.
To get used to excessive sugar consumption at an early age, regardless of how it is served (candy bars, sodas, cereals…) is a major part of the health hazard. Among the likely and more or less expected consequences are not only an increased risk for obesity, but also dental health is exposed to a greater threat than necessary.
Several sugars have high glycemic index which works as a direct catalyst to elevated and weak blood sugar values. This is in the next step contributing to a triggered appetite.
What is claimed to be particularly potent are the sweet drinks that are becoming increasingly popular among young people.
Sugar stimulates the reward system in our brains and excessive consumption can even change the receptors. According to tests, the mere appearance of a milkshake or even just the smell of something sweet can initiate the same chemical process in the brain as heroin and morphine.
Increased stimulation of these receptors through sugar rich foods causes excessive activity in the reward system of the brain and its endorphins. If a larger amount of these hormones are introduced more often and more regularly, the brain will eventually interrupt its own production.
If you are suffering from sugar addiction, no matter how it is defined, it is of great importance that you create and maintain healthy eating habits as they are the very foundation. focus on low GI foods that allow even blood sugar levels and also eliminate sugar cravings, fatigue or bad mood.