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Why Sugar is so Hard to Quit and How to Quit It

We all love our different types of chocolate, ice cream, and sodas. They all taste so good, but they also have another thing in common…they all have high amounts of sugar.

Over time, people have used many different methods to lose weight such as juicing, fasting (the worst thing to do to your body), and cleansing. These diets are just the way they sound – they don’t do your body any good. So how does a sugar detox/cleansing do the opposite?

Sugar has been described as a “legal drug.” It doesn’t look much better when according to Robert Lusting, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, at least 10% of Americans have a sugar addiction. Research from the National Center of Biotechnology Information found that sugar has traits related to those of addictive drugs.

So, with sugar being more or less, a drug, how can we quit it? According to Brooke Alpert, the co-author of “The Sugar Detox: Lose the Sugar, Lose the Weight — Look and Feel Great (no, this is NOT an advert to buy this book), we should quit sugar… cold turkey.

After 3 days, an apple should be very sweet to you and you “should” start to lose weight after a few days to a week.

Sugar is very addicting and for those who don’t have a problem with sugar addiction should maybe still look into kicking out sugar from their lives. Your body will thank you with youth and good looks.

PSA: this article does not promote any lifestyles or diet. However, based on different studies, sugar can be compared to an “addictive drug.”

 

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A tax on sugar could prevent millions of cases of obesity

In 2008, over 1.4 billion adults were overweight and over half a billion were obese, nearly doubling since 1980. Around 2.8 million individuals each year die as a result of being overweight or obese.

Globally, 7 to 41 percent of certain cancers, 23 percent of ischemic heart disease and 44 percent of diabetes are attributable to obesity.

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“Junk” food, high in fat and sugar, is easily accessible, extensively promoted and very cheap. Image from feedstuffsfoodlink.com

A 20 percent sugar tax could decrease obesity rates in the UK by 5 percent (which equals 3.7 million individuals) by 2025 — as stated by a new report published by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.

The report forecasts the effect a 20 percent tax on sugar could have on obesity if current patterns continue steadily. This defined number of 3.7 million individuals is equal to the combined populations of six different cities in England.

The study also forecasts that the tax could save the National Health Service about £10 million (around $14 million) in social care and healthcare costs in the year 2025 alone.

Being overweight and obese is a notable root cause of illness that would otherwise be able to be prevented and death in the UK.

“Junk” food, high in fat and sugar, is easily accessible, extensively promoted and very cheap. The study demonstrates that the price of food influences what individuals buy, so introducing a sugar tax gives a reason to either purchase less or switch to a more healthy alternative.

Adults and young children consume double the maximum suggested quantity of added sugar. And 11 to 18 year olds eat and drink three times the recommended limit — sugary drinks being the main source of added sugar.

Recent surveys additionally demonstrate that a tax on sugar is supported by the majority of the public with 55 percent supporting the measure and only 36 percent opposed to it.

To decrease the effect obesity has on society, Cancer Research UK is calling for action by the Government to put a tax on sugary drinks, ban junk food adverts on TV before 9 pm, and introduce goals for decreasing the measure of sugar and fat in food as part of an all-inclusive plan.

Four Foods You Need To Make This Fall

Pumpkin Croissants

All you need for this tasty and easy treat is 3 ingredients. You will need croissants, pumpkin in a can, and marshmallows. First open the croissants, pull them apart and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Next, open your can of pumpkin and scoop one spoonful on each croissant. Then, open your marshmallows and place one in each croissant on top of the pumpkin. Finally, roll the croissant up and place them in the oven for 10 minutes on 375 degrees. You will have a delicious, and quick, batch of pumpkin croissants.

Get your bake-on this fall! Graphic from Sugar Pie Farm House
Get your bake-on this fall! Graphic from Sugar Pie Farm House

S’mores Dip

For s’mores dip you will only need 3 ingredients as well! Chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Empty the bag of chocolate chips into a skillet and spread them evenly on the bottom. Next, place marshmallows on top of the chocolate chips and make sure they are all covering the chocolate. Place the skillet in the oven for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Take it out after the time is up and use your graham crackers to dip into the dish! You will have indoor smores in no time!

Pillsbury Ready To Bake Ghost Shape Sugar Cookies

Not everything has to be homemade! These cookies can be found at any local grocery store and are very cheap. They are delicious and will taste homemade, even though you just pulled them apart and put them in the oven to bake! They are festive and taste great!

White Chocolate Strawberry Ghosts

Again, all you will need is 3 ingredients! You will need white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, and strawberries. You will also need wax paper to set your ghosts on. First, heat your white chocolate chips in the microwave and melt them all down to liquid chocolate. Next, set strawberries out spread apart on wax paper. Take your melted white chocolate and pour it over each strawberry. Finally, take the mini chocolate chips and place 2 as eyes for the ghost. Place the strawberry ghosts in the fridge for an hour to let the chocolate set. Take them out and enjoy your cute and yummy white chocolate strawberry ghosts!

Sugar: the drug and your brain

It’s well-known that sugar isn’t the best thing for you — they don’t put it in the smallest section of the food pyramid for nothing. However, not as many people are aware that sugar has been compared to drugs like cocaine in their addictive qualities.

A study printed in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews states that “intermittent access to sugar can lead to behavioral and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of a substance of abuse.” Addictions are dependent on the substance affecting the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that is associated with emotional control. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling down thanks to a fight with a friend or maybe a poor test grade and reached for some chocolate or a bowl of ice cream, it isn’t hard to believe.

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“A study printed in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews states that “intermittent access to sugar can lead to behavioral and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of a substance of abuse.””

Luckily, Dr. David Sack, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health, says “The truth is that not every one exposed to high-sugar foods is going to become addicted and seek it out regularly.” However, he continued with, “The same is true with drugs like cocaine or alcohol.” Therefore, it’s important to understand that a loss of control and cravings for the substance is a hallmark of addiction, but that cravings and overindulging in sweets from time to time don’t mean that you’ve developed an insurmountable affliction.

If you decide you might have become victim to the sugar addiction and make the commitment to break the habit, you should be aware of a few things about the withdrawal. Sugar floods the brain with dopamine to give you a quick and dirty pleasure peak. Addicts will less receptors in order to balance out the influx from your drug of choice. You may be grumpy, experience headaches and mood swings, and generally be overcome by cravings for the first week or so that you cut out your sugar intake.

Several years ago another study revealed that the average American consumed 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day outside of the natural ones we get from fruit and other sources. From just that average of added sugar is an extra 350 calories, and the average is likely to have risen in recent years. Due to the convenience we require in fast-paced modern America, it becomes harder and harder to be conscience of food selections and nearly impossible to fully avoid processed and prepared foods filled with added sugars that act to enhance flavor and or preserve food.

If you want to stay healthy by eating right or avoid addiction all-together, you best bet is simply to avoid sugar from the start. However, it’s never too late to cut it out.