“Oh I completely agree,” I said. “I also have that problem and I know if I stay away from a lot of sugar I don't hurt so bad. In fact I've found I can mange my pain without meds by simply being aware of what I eat. And that said, sugar is one of my biggest enemies.”
I admit it! I like to eat! But then don’t we all? Some people will even say they “live to eat!” I won’t go that far since I believe it’s smarter to “eat to live,” but eating has become an obsession with some and eating sweets an even a greater obsession. An article I read suggests sugar is eight times as addicting as cocaine! And what makes that so horrible, is the ease with which we get sugar!
We buy sugar by the bagfuls from the grocery store. We find it in almost anything processed, which includes can goods, anything in a box, sports drinks, juice, sauces and more! It has all kinds of names which don’t sound a bit like sugar, but still are. According to an article in Prevention Magazine, there are over fifty-seven names for sugar! One is Agave Nectar or Syrup and it’s found in cereal, ice cream and even organic foods! (Aren’t organic foods supposed to be good for you?) Another is Diastatic malt powder and it’s found in baked goods, milk shakes and syrups. These are only two…..and there are fifty-seven!
There is information that suggests the average American eats over 150 pounds of sugar a year. That very thought makes my stomach lurch! Over 150 pounds? Really? That works out to about 20 teaspoons of sugar a day per person. Is it any wonder our world is fighting heart disease, diabetes, depression and a myriad of other illnesses?
Scientists contend sugar creates a biological disorder connected to hormones and neurotransmitters, causing changes in the brain. It causes a person to crave carbs and sugar, which ultimately leads to overeating and obesity, along with a myriad of other problems.
It might sound really weird, but to help compensate for some of the mindset we have, maybe when we reach for a slice of cake or a cookie, we add the word “cocaine” or “crack” or another illegal drug name in front of it. It sounds insane that something so wonderful tasting as sugar, could be so harmful! One article I read even went so far as to suggest the idea a friend would never encourage another friend to take drugs, yet our society uses and encourages sugar use daily and never thinks of it as anything other than a sweetener.
Now, all that said, I am not suggesting using synthetic sweeteners. These, too, can be very dangerous to our health, but differently. There are natural options, however, and you will ultimately have to decide what you use to sweeten your diet and how much you will use.
What are your thoughts on the comparison of sugar to other harmful drugs? I challenge you to look at the labels of everything you plan to eat this week. Check for sugar, after you see it’s many different names. (The link to see the names, is included). Will the knowledge of the harmful effects of sugar cause you to use this sweetener differently?