I’m the first to admit… I’m a sugar junkie. That craving I get right after dinner makes me weak at the knees. We all know sugar is bad for us, so I’m not going to nag you like your mom. I’m here to tell you why it’s bad, how you can get it in a healthy way, and then you can decide whether or not you’re addicted.
So how can one food be so addictive? We crave sugar because it releases dopamine to the reward center in our brains. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter culprit behind drug addiction (hence the name “dop(e)amine”). You know what else releases dopamine? Cocaine. Don’t know about you, but that sure makes me think twice before shoving a Twinkie in my mouth.
Making Me Sick
Addiction not bad enough? Sugar causes cancer. In all seriousness, excessive sugar consumption can raise the potential risk of cancer. Sugar raises insulin levels which is a key hormone in cancer growth. If your levels are constantly high, it leaves major room for potential cancer cells to grow. Sugar is the ultimate ANTI antioxidant.
Feel Young, Look Young
People throw money at the beauty industry like it’s their job. We will do anything to look younger. Instead of spending money on anti-aging cream, you can limit your sugar for free. Sugar causes skin to age faster and causes wrinkles to pop up sooner. The only people cheering on wrinkles are the people selling you these products! Sugar also causes pimples; let’s cut back and leave them for the middle schoolers to deal with.
Curb Your Addiction
I know it’s impossible to completely cut sugar out of any diet, so I found healthy ways to feed the addiction. My personal favorite is fruit. Any time sugar cravings kick in, crush them with a bowl of fruit and drizzle honey on top. Dates are also great because they are super sweet, but have tons of fiber. Go natural, not refined! Now it’s up to you. Is it time for your sugar intervention?