A Sweet Year without Sugar

by Yasmin Nolasco

There is a sneaky culprit for our sick nation today. If you are not yet aware of this delicious debilitating ingredient in all packaged foods,  I am talking about “Sugar!” Sugar is the ingredient that many food companies use to hook people into their products. By now this is no secret as scientists and documentaries have revealed the facts throughout the media and documentaries. Have you seen the documentary “ That Sugar Film or Fed Up?” There are numerous chronic diseases and conditions that have been linked to large amounts of sugar consumption. Sugar is added to most processed packaged foods and I’m not referring to sugar in fresh fruit. I am talking about the high amounts of high fructose syrup and sugar in ice cream and cookies.  White processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup HFCS  is truly making us sick! 

Unfortunately, Sugar is addictive! In 2013 research revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute for addictive drugs, like cocaine but can even be more rewarding and attractive. At the neurobiological level, the thought of sugar and sweet reward appear to be more tempting than those of cocaine. Basically, sugar is as addicting as cocaine or nicotine to the brain chemistry.

How does one slowly withdraw from sugar? You replace white sugar with natural ones. First, start reading the packaged foods you purchase. Notice how many grams of sugar are in the “Added Sugar” section. Know that there are 4grams in one teaspoon of sugar. The American Heart Association suggests an added-sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men.

The healthiest way to quit sugar is to stop purchasing packaged foods with added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. If you do purchase something with sugar, notice if the product uses honey or natural raw or cane sugar. How much sugar is in that Starbucks Frappuccino? Avoid white sugar at home. Start replacing sugar with natural sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, date sugar, or even stevia. For your sweet tooth, start consuming trail mix, fresh or dried fruit, dark chocolate, and  Kind bars.

Remember that a high amount of sugar in your blood only leads to diabetes,  disease, and eventually death. This is serious as people can even lose limbs and eyesight from high amounts of sugar in their blood. You can beat this battle with Sugar!

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