Are you addicted to sugar?
Did you know that the average American consumes about 20 teaspoons, or 80 grams, of sugar a day? You may not realize it but every time you reach for that soda or doughnut, your sugar consumption hits a new high. The healthy sugar limit for women is 6 teaspoons or 24 grams a day and for men 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.
Recent research shows that sugar can be addictive as any drug! Contrary to what most of us think the craving for sugar is not just emotional, it’s something more than that. What happens when you consume sugar is that it stimulates your nucleus accumbens, this is the area of the brain which is known as the “reward centre.” Immediately, this releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical and this puts you in a pleasant and happy mood quickly.
Symptoms that you are a sugar addict
When you start eating sugary foods, you simply don’t know when to stop! You intend to stop at a particular point but you find that this is just not happening. You eat sugary food even when you don’t really want to. For instance, you have a bar of chocolate and you decide to say no to it. Yet, after a few minutes, you find yourself craving something sweet.
Do you feel a craving for meat or salty foods? In case you feel that you are craving a lot of meat or salty foods, then this could be a sign from your body as it’s trying to gain a balance because of the large intake of sugar.
Other symptoms are a constant craving for sweet foods. Do you find yourself extremely irritable when you go for food for long and feel a transformation when you have something sweet? This could be a sign of addiction.
How to handle sugar addiction
Firstly, recognize that you have a problem. Drink more water, choose a balanced diet, eliminate soda and cut down on sugar-laden foods. Also remember sugar is lurking hidden inside processed foods, ketchup and so on.