Did you know Americans consume 20-30 teaspoons (1/2 cup) of sugar a day?  While there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sugar, it is recommended intakes be kept to a minimum to reduce the likelihood for dental problems, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety/depression issues, memory problems, obesity, and hypertension. 

Perhaps you have seen the studies demonstrating the addictive powers of sugar.  If you haven’t, they involve lab rats who choose sugar over other addictive drugs such as morphine, cocaine, and heroin.  They have found sugar addiction is both mental and physical. In fact, sugar meets ALL the criteria to classify it as an addictive substance.  These criteria include:

* Sugar triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain (the same as alcohol and other addictive drugs)

*People continue to consume sugar regardless of its negative health effects

*People suffer withdrawal symptoms without it

*Tolerances are developed for it (requiring you to need more and more to get the same affect)

* People get cranky or can’t function without it. 

Additionally, the more sugar you consume the more desensitized taste buds become, and foods that are sweet (such as fruit) no longer taste sweet.  The good news is taste buds can regain their sensitivity once sugar is eliminated or reduced from the diet.  One final note, sugar is sneaky and can be disguised on food labels as honey, syrup (especially corn syrup), or any ingredient that ends in “ose” (such as maltose or dextrose).  They sneak sugar into everything including condiments, dressings, and sauces. Be sure to read food labels so you don’t become a sugar addict!




Sophie Pratola
Personally Trained By Sophie