Sugar consumption was integral to growing fat stores for our ancestors. Food was harder to come by so their bodies craved the kinds that would help them survive.
Sugar is a favorite sweetener for everyone. It is in many things that we eat daily, so it can’t be bad for us, right? Sadly, that isn’t true. Just because it was available and marketed at us does not mean it is always safe.
Overeating of sugar is very common because it is in almost everything we eat. That can cause lots of problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Because of this, there are a lot of diets out there that cut out sugar completely.
One popular such diet is the ketogenic diet. What many people have noticed though is that they go through sugar withdrawal once they start the ketogenic diet.
Natural sugars are very healthy for you; they are found in fruits, bread, and even dairy products. The real problem is refined sugars. Those are the sugars we make ourselves to sweeten or change the flavor of processed foods. It’s the sugar we think of when considering soda or candy.
Refined sugars are the kind we put in tea, or what makes up high-fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener found in many different foods that we don’t even consider having sugar, like cereal.
Being addicted to sugar isn’t necessarily researched and proven. It is known though that symptoms similar to withdrawal can begin when some people cut out sugar. This is because sugar triggers endorphins in the brain that the brain needs. If the body craves these extra endorphins, then the body can go through withdrawal if denied.
Signs And Symptoms Of Sugar Withdrawal
Sugar consumption was integral to growing fat stores for our ancestors. Food was harder to come by so their bodies craved the kinds that would help them survive. Of course, now that we have evolved past that need and have access to sugar it is easy to overindulge.
Symptoms of sugar withdrawal:
– Cravings for foods that are sweet
– Cravings for carbohydrates such as pasta or chips
When these symptoms first start, they can feel irresistible. This can lead to bingeing on sugary treats to satisfy it. This is both unhealthy and a sign of sugar withdrawal. The endorphins in sugar can make you feel good when you eat them, but that doesn’t make them useful for you. Especially not in large quantities.
Sugar addiction may be not less dangerous for your health and body as drugs and alcohol. In this BBC Documentary movie, you can find all the necessary information about sugar addiction.
The Truth About Sugar Addiction