Let's Talk About Sugar
Monday, April 21, 2014
I have decided that sugar is the devil.
When I say sugar, I am referring to all caloric sweeteners. Sugar, HFCS, turbinado, honey, agave, fructose, sugar alcohols, etc.
The obesity crisis in America really took hold when the low fat craze started. Why? Because food manufacturers had to add sugar to the food to make it palatable. When you take out all of the yummy fat, the food tastes like cardboard.
The problem is, fat wasn't the problem!
All these low fat, fat free "foods" are horrible for you. And most of them are full of sugar.
Why is sugar so bad? There are lots of reasons, actually, and I won't go into all of them here. However, sugar spikes your blood sugar. Then it rapidly crashes, and then you are starving. So you eat something with sugar, and the cycle starts again. When I weighed almost 300 pounds and I ate lots of sugar every single day, I was hungry all the time. I'd finish eating and before long I would be thinking about what I was going to eat for my next meal.
Now, deep, insatiable hunger is gone.
I used to think "oh my sweet tooth isn't that bad, I don't eat that many sweets" but there is so much added sugar in almost all the processed foods that we eat that even if you think you aren't eating much sugar, you are probably eating far, far more than you realize.
I sweeten my coffee with EZSweetz (liquid sucralose aka Splenda) and I know many of you will think that's horrible, but I'm not giving it up. I've tried other alternatives like Stevia and I didn't like the taste, and I enjoy my sweet creamy coffee too much to stop. From all of the research I have done, I believe that the EZSweetz is far better than the powdered business because it doesn't contain the fillers. It is certainly better than sugar.
Recent studies have shown that sugar lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as cocaine. Cocaine! You can't tell me that sugar is not addictive. And sure, you can say "well it is ok in moderation." The problem is that sugar cycle that makes you want more and more which makes moderation very, very hard. It's easier and better to just skip the sugar from the get-go.
The one time in the last few months that I splurged on sugary treats, I regretted it so much the next day. I was tired, I had a headache, I was nauseous, and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. That is the most convincing argument to me that our bodies are not meant to consume such quantities of sugar. At least mine isn't.
I know this is a topic that people tend to feel very strongly about, so I welcome your comments both for and against.