One of the most important and widespread addiction in the contemporary times is sugar addiction. Sugar is a widely used ingredient present in most of the processed products and it would be a nutritional challenge to identify those foods that do not contain sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Despite the past continuous campaigns on the need for cutting back on sugar consumption, sugar still remains to be highly consumed making a third of our calorie intake. Sugar consumption results in a dramatic fall in blood sugar, which leads to loss of self-control and more cravings for unhealthy, high-calorie foods.
Why do we crave sugar?
The brain has reward and pleasure centers which are the centers responsible for the release of neurotransmitters referred to as dopamine. Sugar triggers these centers and they are responsible for the ‘feel good’ feeling. The brain finds the crunch and sensation of sugary food interesting every time, and that’s why you can eat a whole tub of ice cream and still be ready to eat another. Your sugar craving could also be as a result of a need for hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes, possible yeast overgrowth, hidden food allergies, digestive dysfunction, and possible gut dysbiosis.
Some people crave sugar when they experience certain emotions. For instance, you might connect eating sugary foods with feelings such as boredom, happiness, frustration, loneliness, and sadness. An emotional connection with sweets might cause someone to crave sweets if they need to pass time, want to celebrate, or longs for comfort.
Dangers of sugar addiction
There are various side effects associated with sugar addiction:
Too much consumption of sugar results in a condition where the body is unable to control blood sugar levels. This is called diabetes. The symptoms will include numbness of the feet and hands, fatigue and a constant feeling of hunger and thirst. Once a patient is diagnosed, they are required to constantly check their insulin levels and it’s a tedious exercise.
Hypertension is the other side effect associated with sugar addiction and the development of high blood pressure which if untreated could lead to heart problems.
This is a disorder which is caused by high cholesterol levels in the body due to high carbohydrates in the body. It causes a lipoprotein metabolic inefficiency.
Nutritional balancing is the major way through which you can stop sugar cravings.
To break the sugar craving cycle, ensure that you:
Sugar cravings and addiction affect everyone but the key to dealing with it is understanding how you got the addiction in the first place and making changes to lessen and ultimately eliminate the problem.
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