Obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and even Alzheimer’s (Type 3 Diabetes) all have links to excess refined sugar and carbohydrate consumption.
Yet Americans, on average, are consuming nearly 57 pounds of added sugars (sugars that aren’t in foods naturally), per person, every year.
So, why are we literally poisoning ourselves with sugar?
(a) We have no idea of the amount of sugar we are consuming in our diets;
(b) We didn’t know how much damage this added sugar is doing to our health;
(c) The health risks are a reasonable trade-off for the pleasure derived (We’re addicted).
The most common and obvious indicator that you’re consuming too much sugar is that “spare tire” forming around your waist that just won’t go away, even if you’re dieting and exercising. Here are the top five signs that you might be addicted to sugar.
If you’re interested in reducing your sugar intake to healthy levels, I found this very helpful article on Psychology Today.
Victoria and I removed “added sugar” from our diets years ago. No downside here. When we look at the sweet things we used to crave, we wonder how we ever did that.
I’m certain that anyone can break the “sugar addiction”. But like any addiction, you need to recognize it and be strongly motivated to stop it.
I’d love to hear your feelings about this.