“Like heroin, cocaine, and caffeine, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug, yet we
consume it daily in everything from cigarettes to bread.” -William Duffy. Have you heard that sugar is just as if not more addicting than cocaine? Research proves that it lights up the same part of the brain that of when someone is taking cocaine. Therefore, this statement is unfortunately true. Our world is being faced with obesity like never seen before. And what do you think the culprit of that is? You guessed it, SUGAR. Now I am not saying sugar takes full responsibility for this but it sure does take the bulk of it.
In our supermarkets, there are over 600,000 products that you can buy. Eighty percent of those products have added refined sugar. So you can see why it’s difficult to stay away from this readily available “drug”. Now the food industry has come up with over 20 names of sugar that make it even more difficult for you to read if a certain product contains sugar or not. Due to all these hidden sugars and our high consumption of processed foods, the average american eats over 30 tsp of refines sugar a day!
We have also come into a time where they are marketing sugar replacements called artificial sweeteners. These products are called Nutrasweet, Equal, Sweet-N-Low, Splenda, Stevia and many more. Unfortunately these products come with negative side effects. Some of these sweeteners contain aspartame which is a well-recognized neurotoxin which cause mood swings, headaches, memory loss, PMS, fatigue, joint pain and countless other side-effects. Splenda turns into formaldehyde when digested and Stevia mutates DNA negatively. Sweetening up your drink is not the only thing these sugar replacements are doing.
Refined sugar raises blood sugar levels which causes high production of insulin which then turns into fat. It also happens to be cancer’s favorite food. I can go on and on about sugar but I think you can start to see that sugar reeks havoc on the body. Can we completely stay away from bad sugars, no. Therefore it’s important to know what are some healthier sugar swaps:
- coconut sugar
- date syrup
- raw organic honey
- maple syrup
- agave syrup
- vanilla extract
- spices like cinnamon and cacao powder
These sugar swaps have higher vitamin and mineral content than your typical Refined sugar or corn syrup.
Keep in mind that sugar in fruits are good. And sugars in other natural Whole Foods are considered good as well. When ingesting fruit, the sugar is released along side with the fiber to help mitigate those spikes in blood sugar and insulin which turn into fat. Fruit also has high amoutns of phytonutrients, vitamins and mineral content which help nourish the body on a cellular level.
As always, stick to natural Whole Foods that aren’t processed and you won’t run into this refined sugar issue.