This is pretty startling an upsetting…right? How can something we all LOVE to eat be more addictive than some very serious drugs? Is anyone doing anything about this? What are WE going to do about it?
James DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. He recently published a comprehensive review of dozens of studies in which he contends that sugar is more dangerous than salt when it comes to risk for heart disease. He says that refined sugar is similar to cocaine — a white crystal extracted from sugar cane rather than coca leaves — and that studies show it can be even more addictive than the recreational drug.
“When you look at animal studies comparing sugar to cocaine,” says DiNicolantonio “even when you get the rats hooked on IV cocaine, once you introduce sugar, almost all of them switch to the sugar.”
DiNicolantonio is careful to differentiate between refined and intrinsic sugars; while the former have the potential to cause adverse health effects due to their concentrated nature, the latter, such as lactose in milk, “aren’t necessarily unhealthy.”
DiNicolantonio believes that the FDA could help to lessen the issue. “The government subsidizes corn, so high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar, and that’s why it’s so ubiquitous in our diets,” DiNicolantonio explained. “They need to start subsidizing healthy foods.
“We shouldn’t be able to eat a Snickers bar for cheaper than we can eat an apple.”
Ok so the good news is that you can still have sugar occasionally….. key word-OCCAISONALLY! The big message here is awareness. Read your labels… don’t eat things with added sugar that should not have added sugar or any of it’s forms.
According to Dr. Nicole Avena of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “pizza is the most addictive food because of the hidden sugar you’ll find in just once slice. From the tomato sauce to the dough, there’s a whole lot of sugar in a single slice — more so than a handful of Oreos.” Yikes, pizza??? This is where we all need to take a greater interest in what we actually are eating compared to what we thought were eating. Of course, eating at home is always a great solution to knowing what is in your food.
Yet another Cardiologist Dr. James O’Keefe told KCTV “When we eat wheat flour and sugar in processed foods, it spikes our sugar, then insulin. Those are the hormonal disturbances that make you store belly fat, and then you are hungry for more sweets and starchy junk food.”
Fruit should taste sweet to you, OK.. ripe fruit should taste sweet to you! If it does not, try detoxing from sugar AND artificial sweeteners to reset your palette and insulin resistance level.
When a sweet craving hits the doctors recommend going for some dark chocolate(70% or higher ) or a serving of almonds. I would add a glass of water and a hobby or activity I enjoy doing to that equation for the best chance of success. 🙂
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