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Addicted to Sugar?

Addicted to Sugar?
It demands immediate attention and care

By Barbara Ross

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Sugar addiction in the world is increasingly becoming a serious problem. According to the latest research, sugar addiction is something that ought to be treated like drug abuse.


The World Health Organization suggests that around 1.9 billion people in the world are overweight, out of which almost 600 of them are categorized as obese. Experienced neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett of Australia鈥檚 Queensland University says that excess sugar consumption is proven to have a direct impact on weight gain.


What鈥檚 more, sugar has also been proven to constantly elevate dopamine levels in the body, which affects the reward and pleasure centres of the brain in ways similar to many drugs including tobacco, cocaine and morphine.


Clearly, sugar addiction is something that demands immediate attention and care. But what makes it difficult is the fact that most people do not realize that they have an addiction.


Here are some of the most common signs of sugar addiction and what you can do about them.

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Eating more sugary food than intended
This is perhaps one of the most common signs of sugar addiction. You may have the urge to eat something sugary and you may intend to eat just one piece of it. A little later, you may feel that it wasn鈥檛 enough and before you know it, you end up eating 10 pieces of the same food and still find yourself craving for more. Then comes the infamous guilty consciousness of having eaten way too much sugar.


The only way to curb this habit is to consciously make an effort to cut down on sugar and stop yourself from consuming too much.

TP 201901 nutrition 05Eating sugary food until you don鈥檛 feel well
You may binge to eat something sweet to the point that you start feeling sick to the stomach. You may experience symptoms like headache, gas, fatigue, bloated feeling, drowsiness and fuzziness in thinking once you reach a saturation point, but you still continue to eat more of sugar. Sugar addicts tend to do this several times in a week. The worst part is that you clearly know that eating more sugar will make you sick, but you eat it anyway.

Once again, you need to make a conscious effort to refrain yourself from doing this. Make it a point not to stock sugary food in your home at any cost. When you鈥檙e at a restaurant, make sure that you鈥檙e only ordering one dessert.

TP 201901 nutrition 06Craving more carbs
You may crave more of simple carbohydrates like white breads, pasta, potatoes, white rice, etc. This is a rather indirect way in which the addiction manifests itself. The carbs are converted into sugar by the body very fast after consumption, and this sugar is used to feed the addiction.


In order to control this, you can add more of sweet vegetables to your diet like beets, sweet potatoes, yams and carrots. As these vegetables are healthy and contain natural sugar, they may help you control your cravings for more carbs or sugar.

TP 201901 nutrition 07Craving more meat or salty food
A healthy body normally has a tendency to seek balance. If you鈥檝e eaten too much of salty food you may end up craving more sugar, and if you鈥檝e eaten way too much sugar, you may crave more salty food. Hence, if you find yourself craving for more meat or salty food, it may be a sign that your body is seeking to balance the large content of sugar that you鈥檝e been consuming.


You need to ideally be able to monitor the consumption of both salt and sugar. If you can control the amount of salt intake, it is likely that your body will not crave as much for sugar. Hence, make it a point to read food labels carefully. Salt is usually contained in high amounts in processed or canned foods.

TP 201901 nutrition 08Eating sugar when you don鈥檛 crave for it
You may see something sweet like a bar of chocolate or a pastry at the supermarket, and you may find yourself reaching out for it even when you don鈥檛 really have the urge to eat it, or when you know that it is not food for your body. You may make all sorts of excuses and end up purchasing the sweet anyway.


One way to curb this behaviour is to always have sweet and healthy fruits in the hand, so that you can always turn to them whenever this kind of behaviour sets in.

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