Oh Sugar!

Sugar“I love to eat – Kit Kats or cookies-and-cream ice cream. I need sugar like five times a day.” Kim Kardiashian

During the holidays, I ate too many sweets.  In the New Year, I started working-out and avoiding desserts, but experienced powerful sugar cravings.  Curious, I did some research and learned that sugar has become problematic for a majority of the population.

According to some reports, sugar is predicted to have a greater health risk than Hepatitis, HIV, Polio and Cigarettes combined.  Repeated blood sugar spikes stress the organs that make up the metabolic engine of your body.  “People can live symptom-free for years in a pre-diabetic state even though they’ve lost as much as 50 percent of their pancreatic function,” says Dr. Lien in an MH article by Mike Zimmerman. Among other things, over-consumption of sugar results in weight gain, premature aging, candida over-growth, and feeding of cancer cells.  To add insult to injury, sugar is addictive.  Food producers add plenty of sugar to their processed food products because it leaves you craving more.

Research shows that High-Fructose Corn Syrup is as Addictive as Cocaine

An article by Daily Mail Reporter, published 8 June 2013, described how high fructose corn syrup became widely used only recently, in the 1970s.  The article sited a new study by Canadian researchers that found high-fructose corn syrup caused reactions similar to those of cocaine.  The study suggested that high-fructose corn syrup could explain the current obesity epidemic.

‘Corn is the sweetener in the soda. It’s in the corn-fed beef Big Mac patty, and in the high-fructose syrup in the bun, and in the secret sauce,’ wrote Pollan in the New York Times Magazine.

It’s hard to NOT eat sugar because processed food producers hide it in their products.  If you see any of the following names on a package, you know that it’s just another name for sugar.

  • Agave Nectar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose

Beware of enticing labels like “Fat-Free” and “All Natural Ingredients” because all sugar is natural and it’s also fat free.  Sugar can be found in your daily bread, mayonnaise, salad dressing, tinned tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables and legumes, crackers, cereal, ketchup, mac and cheese, soup, yogurt and sauces.

Sugar converts to fat once you consume it.  Generally, Sugar has calories without nutritional value, also known as “empty calories”.  One naturopathic doctor suggested, if you insist on eating sugar, try using raw coconut sugar because it’s a whole food product.

If you experience daily sugar cravings, you find yourself automatically reaching for sweets without thinking about it, and suffer from the following symptoms, you may have an overgrowth of Candida:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Bloating & Gas
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Skin problems including Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Fungal infections

Some research shows a link between Candida and Cancer.

A few suggestions to stop sugar cravings, and get on the road to better health, include avoiding grocery store shelves stocked with processed foods.  Instead of walking down the center aisles, walk around the perimeter of the grocery store to find pure ingredients like raw fruits and vegetables, raw nuts, seeds, and eggs. 

Some people have successfully eliminated their sugar cravings by water fasting – consuming only water for 10 days or more.  If you’re worried about Candida, may I suggest doing a cleanse.  Cravings can also be caused by parasites.  There are beneficial 30 day parasite cleanses that also kill Candida.  Whatever you choose, do your research first to figure out what’s best for you.

With so many instant, easy and fast foods available, it takes a very conscious effort to make healthy food choices.  These days, I eat one piece of raw fruit daily, low carbohydrate vegetables, nuts and proteins, plus generally stay away from grains unless they’re whole grains.  Instead of bread, I make crackers from ground nuts and seeds (e.g. ground almonds, quinoa and buckwheat).  They’re simple, quick and delicious to make.  There are plenty of alternative recipes are on the internet.

Cut-back or eliminate the sugar.  You’re already sweet enough!

Elizabeth Rose