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Can Sugar Trigger Addiction? - Part 2

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There is a probability that liking for sugar may be an innate phenomenon, possibly a connection to development. Lona Sandon, RD, Assistant Professor of nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and spokesperson for American Dietetic Association (ADA) suggests “Humans likely gravitated away from bitter foods, which might have been poisonous and moved towards sweet ones, which were probably safe.” Also, studies on infants have denoted that they smile or chuckle after eating something sweet, like breast milk or their first food or something else that is sweet and cry or frown after they taste some bitter flavors.

Audrey Cross, PhD, MPH, retired professor from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City shares that “Sugar is a form of energy, or calories and nothing else.” Actually, sugar does not possess any nutritional value. However, the truth is our body gets nourishment with natural sugar. Rich sources of natural sugars include fruits like an apple or an orange that can splash our body with sugars, alike a lollipop. However, lollipop leaves us with nothing whereas fruits enrich our body with fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. Dr. Cross states that, “Although your body converts natural sugar (in an apple) and refined sugar (in a donut) to glucose, it will break down and process the sugar in the fruit more slowly, keeping your blood sugar (and energy) levels sustained rather than just giving you a quick boost.”

The question that automatically pops in our mind is that how can something good turn work negatively for us? This is when we eat lots of food that contains added sugar, as its properties are rich in calories, extra calories get stored as fats. Ultimately, accumulated fats lead the way of obesity, which can risk varied hazardous diseases like diabetes. Dr. Cross explains clearly that “It’s a misconception that sugar itself causes diabetes, what happens is that excess weight can interfere with the body’s ability to produce enough insulin to manage sugar intake.”

Barriers of the issue:
Sugar is available in a variety of packaged and processed foods. We eat them in our day to day life and this has a great impact on our body of how it perceives sweetness. Dr. Cross says, “One researcher did an analysis of recipes over time and found that some classics had less sugar a generation or more ago. I think part of the reason is that our preferences for how sweet something should taste have changed.”

Therefore, to relish your body eat refined sugar, but in small quantities. Through this way, our body can stay fit and fine. According to U.S. Dietary Guidelines, for 2000 calories a day, you can eat 32 grams of added sugar.

Break the habit:
Restricting sugar from your diet doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely swear off sugar.

Read labels:
Before you pick any product, make it a habit to scan the ingredients list. This is because the first five ingredients tracked are the ones which make up the packaged food, so if you find any form of sugar, move on.

Watch what you drink:
Pick drinks that tag themselves as “100% juice” and mix them with water or seltzer. Or prepare for yourself, unsweetened versions of iced tea. Leave back cocktails or punch.

Pick homemade foods:
Home-made foods are generally low in sugar whereas the things we buy from market are loaded with sugar.

Alter recipes:
Dr. Cross suggests a simple way, “You can almost always cut the sugar by half in cookie or cake recipes without compromising flavor or texture.”

Write it down:
Maintain a food diary in which you will list all the things that you will include in your sweet stuff.

Go easy on the fakes:
Artificial sweeteners have a tendency to prompt taste for sweets. Therefore, try to abandon them gradually.

Out of sight:
For instance: your kids bring home candy and you are tempted to eat it, instead of eyeing it, prepare your favorite foods that kids don’t eat so that you are not tempted to eat candy.

Read more at: Can Sugar Trigger Addiction? – Part 1

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