Sugar Cravings & Addiction

Sugar Cravings & Addiction

Sugar cravings can make you crazy enough to want to bite the nearest thing in your way, usually someone’s head.  Does that mean we are truly “addicts” or has it just become a “bad habit”.  A number of studies, including one at Princeton University*, have come to the conclusion that “sugar can be addictive”.

The study states that sugar and other simple carbohydrate foods cause the release of dopamine in the brain which gives us feelings of pleasure – similar to cocaine and other “street drugs”.  It says that if you suddenly stop eating sugar, it can lead to strong sugar cravings and binge eating – behaviors similarly found in drug addiction.

Skyrocketing Sugar Consumption & Diabetes

This addictive sugar behavior has been increasing over the last 300 years.  In 1700, the average person ate 4 lbs. of sugar per year.  By 1800, it had more than quadrupled to 18 lbs, and by 1900 it was 90 lbs. per year.  In 2009 – brace yourself – over 50% of Americans were consuming 180 lbs. of sugar per year – 45 times as much as in 1700.  That’s a LOT of sugar cravings to the tune of about a half a pound of sugar PER DAY – which is 48 teaspoons.  It sounds impossible until you consider that one 12 oz. Coke has nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar and one 7-Eleven 44 oz. Super Gulp has 32 teaspoons of sugar – it adds up quickly.  And, of course, sugar is added to more and more packaged foods.

This has resulted in obesity rates in America going from 3.4% in 1890, to 15% of the entire U.S, population in 1975, to over 1/3 of the entire population in 2009 being obese.  Projections are for 50% by 2030.  It has also skyrocketed diabetes in America from .003% of the population in 1893 to 8.3% today.

Foods That Create the Sugar Cravings Highs and Lows

Besides the obvious sweet foods, carbs and starches turn into sugars also, like white bread, pasta, chips, pretzels, French fries, crackers, bagels, white rice and flour.  When you down one or more of these with a soda, your blood sugar spikes, giving you a buzz of energy.  Your pancreas then sends insulin to move the sugar from your blood into your cells for energy, and you may have a sudden drop in blood sugar making you feel tired, shaky and maybe dizzy.

This may leave you looking for another sugar “high” and the addictive pattern continues.  In human sugar studies, just looking at a photo of a milkshake set off effects in the brain similar to those in drug addicts.

Dealing With Sugar Cravings & Addiction Successfully

In Part 2 (Click here), we’ll look at how to get off of this roller coaster with less chance of falling back into old habits.

For now, if you want to get started losing the cravings for sweets, here are the links to the Sugar Free formula, or to the Therapy Packs for a more comprehensive approach to Sugar Cravings and Hypoglycemia, including support for the pancreas, liver and adrenal glands:

Sugar Cravings, Hypoglycemia Therapy Pack - Female

Sugar Cravings, Hypoglycemia Therapy Pack – Female

Sugar Cravings, Hypoglycemia Therapy Pack - Male

Sugar Cravings, Hypoglycemia Therapy Pack – Male

Sugar Free - herbal formula

Sugar Free – herbal formula

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Princeton University study:  (scroll down to “7.  Conclusion” – last sentence)    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2235907/

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