The world is taking in an excess consumption of sugar, not only in terms of everyday junkfoods, but also in the context of hiddn sugars, and so many consumers are unaware of the danger that lies in that. Sugar is addictive, it has been proven in a study where mice were exposed to cocaine and sugar; and without fail every single mouse chose the sugar over the cocaine and the dependancy on the sweet stuff was worse than on the illegal substance. That’s saying something. Statistics show that the average Australian family eats about six kilograms of sugar weekly. That means you are consuming the weight of an average 3 seater sofa every 7 weeks just in sugar! While most people may think ‘well I don’t eat that much sugar’, don’t be fooled, as many of the percieved ‘healthy’ foods have tonnes of sugar in them and a general rule is that if something is labeled as low fat it will probably have higher sugar content. Granola bars, flavoured yoghurt and fruit juice are all silent sugar sinners.
The real problem is the fact that the people who fall into the bracket of those who consume sugar (which is most of humanity) have a predisposition to develop life long conditions that may not make their life so very long. Don’t be fooled - diabetes isn’t your only health obsatcle to overcome, and if your lifestyle is sedentary all I can say is good luck… Liver damage, hypertension, obesity, dementia, alzhemers, cancer, and heart disease are only but a few on the list of things that potentially await you. Sugar is the only thing cancer cells feed off of - so the more sugar you eat the more cancer you will have to treat. Your teeth may also suffer, and dentures are fast becoming something the whole family can enjoy - not just granny and grampa.
The other issue with developing these conditions is that they can become hereditary to your children. If you ate too much sugar in your lifetime and became diabetic and obese your offspring will be more susceptable to the same fate. Essentially we are raising larger numbers of overweight, unhealthy children and it just gets worse and worse as the generations roll on - and I mean that in every sense of the word.
Luckily there are answers to these pressing issues surrounding the sweet tooth. Lifestyle eating plans are taking over social media and most of the internet where real healthy diets are being promoted- ones where sugar and refined carbs are falling by the wayside and are replaced with protein, fats, fruits and healthy, complex carbohydrates like grains and low GI food. Veganism, Vegitariansim, Banting, and Paleo are but a few of these ways of eating that are changing things around the world for the better to promote wholefoods that are fresh and sustainable. A new form of therapy called EFT is being used to curb the cravings after you quit the candied carbs, which is helpful in the long run and makes switching lifestyles just that much easier. After all we should eat to live; not live to eat.