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Sugar addiction and other harmful side effects

Trying to tackle your sugar addiction is a lot like giving up smoking. Scratch that, it's actually much worse! How do you cut something from your life that you've been fed since childhood and that seems to be just about everywhere around you, in more products than you can count? That makes you hunger for more, in search of empty calories that set your hypothalamus at ease for a while?

 

Well, ironclad discipline for one, and a no sugar diet... But maybe that's not enough, maybe you need to know why this change is so crucial to your health. When you start to think about the damaging effect sugar has on your body, the cogs will really start turning and you'll see that there are smarter ways of indulging your sweet tooth.

Aside from sugar addiction, which is the number one problem, there is a seemingly endless list of health issues tied to the white gold. Diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg

sugar addictionDid you know that sugar increases one's sensitivity to develop heart disease? That it's a major player in causing gall stones, arthritis and anxiety attacks? For a more complete list, I suggest you read the eye-opening book "Lick The Sugar Habit" by Nancy Appleton, PhD.

Moving on, sugar lacks both vitamins and minerals and therefore has a lot of so-called "empty calories". This basically means that the body has to rely on its own nutrients in order to process sugar, thus increasing the risk of high cholesterol levels and obesity and diabetes once these nutrients are depleted.

 

On a smaller scale, sugar can be the cause of serious migraines, drowsiness, adrenaline rushes (especially in children), and - as we all know - tooth decay. This is why most of the big chewing gum producers have switched to natural sweeteners like xylitol and even stevia.

 

Despite the many well-known pitfalls of sugar intake, the amount of sugar consumed in just the United States has increased five-fold over the past two decades. The time to act is now, and the way to do it is to combine exercise with a healthy sugar replacement. 

Luckily, there is hope: a small green plant is slowly rising in popularity, supported by a growing group of followers. Stevia rebaudiana, with its sweet components stevioside and rebaudioside A, boasts a whole array of health benefits. Make a promise to yourself to change the way you eat, today! Your body will thank you for it, maybe as soon as tomorrow. 




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