Say Goodbye to Sugar and Why

Yes, it's a long read yet the information given about health and sugar are worth your time and wellness. It's an excerpt from an email by Dr. Hyman. 

"As hunter-gatherers, we ate the equivalent of only 20 teaspoons of sugar a year. Today, we eat over 150 pounds per year per person, or half a pound a day. The average school kid eats 34 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Food manufacturers realize you know the usual suspects, so they’ve become savvier. Many supermarkets and health food stores now carry many sneaky sources of sugar, disguised in unrecognizable ingredients and so-called healthy foods that contain as much if not more sugar than their regular versions.

With sugar, what to avoid becomes really important. Sugar can dramatically alter your metabolism and your brain chemistry, causing you to suffer intense cravings while increasing your risk for disease.

“Sugar is very pro-inflammatory and one of the things we are learning more and more every day is how much sugar and inflammation are linked to chronic illness, whether it be heart disease or diabetes, but also linked to neurological problems including depression, anxiety, and autism,” says Vicki Koblinger.

Sugar is so prevalent in processed food today, and its effects on our brain chemistry so powerful, that breaking free of its grip can be enormously difficult. But here’s some motivation: As soon as you quit sugar, your health will improve rapidly. In fact, it takes just 10 days without sugar to see substantial metabolic and neurological benefits.

At the same time, giving up sugar can be challenging because our brains are programmed to love it. Sweet things in nature are always safe to eat and they are a quick source of energy that helps us store fat for times of scarcity. But sugar has become such a pervasive part of our food landscape that we’re chronically overdosing on it.

Our food environment has changed a lot since the Stone Age, but that news hasn’t reached the reward centers of our brains, which have always been worried about nutritional scarcity. Evolution has wired our brains to desire the easy access to energy that glucose from sugar provides. Our brains may be smart, but they still don’t understand that all this sugar is killing us.

In fact, eating sugar has a potent impact on the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. Studies show sugar can be a gateway for—and become more addictive than—drugs like cocaine.

Yet despite these studies showing how harmful sugar can be, our industrial food system enables a national diet of sugary, starchy, overly processed, nutrient-depleted foods.

The best way to avoid sugar and all sweeteners disguised as sugar is to focus on eating real, whole, unprocessed foods."

Posted on February 22, 2018 .