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How Much Sugar Causes Addiction?

donuts-sugarChances are, if you crave sweets and high carb foods you are addicted. I know this truth is a bitter pill to swallow. It has been proven that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, because the brain interprets it as a reward. But sugar addiction is not just psychological, it is also chemical and emotional.

The Truth Can Set You Free

Many years ago a friend asked me how he could lose weight. Knowing his habits well I said, “If you stop drinking soda, stop eating candy bars for snacks and muffins for breakfast, you’ll be headed in the right direction.” In addition to that advise I told him to eliminate other sweet drinks as well as foods like cakes, cookies and pastries. He took this simple advise to heart and within 2 months he had lost 25 lbs. Within 6 months he had lost 50 lbs. and reached his optimal healthy weight. He kept it off too.

The interesting thing about this young man is that he was a recovering alcoholic and he had gained the weight during his process of avoiding alcohol and staying sober. He had unknowingly switched one addiction for another. Once he understood that sugar was an addiction, like alcoholism, he applied the same principles toward recovery from it.

But Sugar is Natural, Right?

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean we can’t abuse it. The point is, how much sugar do you need in a day? How much daily sugar intake is healthy or normal?

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that is quickly turned into glucose in the bloodstream. Your pancreas makes insulin to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells for energy. If you consume more sugar or other carbohydrates than you need for energy it is stored as fat.

The Harvard School of Public Health has determined that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, that’s 88 grams if you’re reading package labels. The American Heart Association recommendations for healthy active adults are no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. We’re just talking about added sugars here, not even considering carbohydrates from natural foods like fruit and whole grains.

“No more than” is a key phrase here. If you are not very active your body can not use even that 6 or 9 teaspoons of added sugar, so the excess will be stored as fat. In addition to the sugar that is added to packaged and processed foods and drinks, starchy food like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes will also be turned into glucose causing your blood sugar to rise even more and storing more sugar as fat. It’s easy to see how quickly we can be consuming enough sugar to become addicted, unhealthy and overweight.

What is normal?

The best answer to what is normal is not processed, manufactured or added to natural food or drinks. A couple pieces of fruit a day and maybe some berries, as part of a diet including lots of vegetables, a few whole grains and sufficient protein is normal. There is no health benefit to adding sugar to natural food sources.

It may be normal to have an occasional treat, and 1 piece of cake per week wouldn’t up your overall daily intake very much. An important thing to consider though is that high carbohydrate food causes blood sugar to spike and this is what leads to cravings. One way to counter this is by eating enough fiber and protein to balance that sweet treat. However, for people who already have high blood sugar it’s better to avoid the sweet treats and added sugars altogether.

Breaking the sugar habit 

Like any addiction, it’s not easy to break the sugar habit, and even more difficult because our culture is so saturated with high carb foods and added sugars. Consuming SUGARDOWN tablets before high carb meals can help reduce the impact of excess sugar in your diet. It can prevent up to 40% of sugar and carbs from being turned into glucose and then stored as fat. It can also reduce sugar spikes which results in less craving.

SUGARDOWN can be a helpful tool for kicking the sugar habit. Order a bottle today while it’s on sale and see what a difference it can make for you. ORDER HERE

 

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