Heated debate has greeted an article in a medical journal suggesting sugar should be considered an addictive drug, as experts deride the claims as ‘absurd’.
Most of us have a sweet tooth and are attracted to food loaded with sugar. The problem is, diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia, heart disease, infertility, and other ailments can be the result from too much sugar in our diet.
About 152 pounds of sugar is consumed by the average American every year. Today, the average American male weighs in at 195.5 pounds and the average American female 167 pounds. This is an increase from the 1960’s when the average American man’s weight was 167 pounds and the average American woman’s weight 141 pounds.
That is really astonishing.
A year’s intake of 152 pounds is roughly equivalent to 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. And children’s intake is around 34 teaspoons a day, which means that almost 1 in 4 teenagers is pre-diabetic. All this refined sugar and flour can raise blood sugar levels and cause inflammation. And sugar does not have any nutritional value that you cannot get from other sources.
Scientists in a Harvard study found that just one milkshake with a high sugar content, spikes blood sugar levels, insulin production, and the centers in the brain for sugar cravings. A brain scan showed that the sugar lit up the brain’s addiction center like the Fourth of July fireworks.
The Big 10
In a diet study created by Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, 600 people lost 4,000 pounds in 10 days. This diet (more of a lifestyle change) promises that if you simply reprogram the way you think about eating, you won’t have to suffer deprivation and cravings, bland foods or boring diets.