There is a substance which the overwhelming majority of Americans take copious amounts of every day and, often, don’t even know it. One of the problems is that this substance is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, and, with the many health concerns tied to this substance, you need to ask yourself: How much do I take?
If you haven’t guessed, the addictive substance in question is sugar.
Sugar has become so epidemic that doctors are now starting to see disturbing symptoms over-ingestion of sugar in children. Dr. Mercola writes,
“[A]ccording to recent research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, obese children as young as 8 now display signs of heart disease, and excessive sugar consumption right from birth on is at the root of this trend.” Also,
“High-sugar diets are undoubtedly the primary culprit in skyrocketing obesity and type 2 diabetes rates and other chronic health problems associated with insulin resistance.”
Fortunately, changing this one dietary factor can make a huge and rapid difference in a person’a overall health. Dr. Mercola again writes,
“Recent research has revealed that cutting out added sugars can improve biomarkers associated with health in as little as 10 days — even when overall calorie count and percentage of carbohydrates remains the same.
“The study, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist who has long argued that added sugar is toxic when consumed in too-high amounts, reduced the amount of added sugars from an average of 27 percent of daily calories down to about 10 percent.”
The difficulty arises when one realizes how many labels sugars can be hidden behind in food ingredients among them “dextrose, maltose, galactose, and maltodextrin” and the ever-popular high-fructose corn syrup.
The solution to this sugar addiction issue is to retrain our minds and our palates so that we eat healthier. We must change our eating habits and change our associations of what is desirable in food so that we eat healthier. Dr. Mercola’s thoughts are:
“The solution is to decrease the amount of processed foods you eat, and replace them with real foods, i.e. high-quality whole foods. Also remember that non-vegetable carbs need to be replaced with healthy fats to successfully achieve this metabolic switchover.”
Once our palate and our food associations (our minds) are retrained to healthy eating, then we will quickly both see and feel the difference in our bodies.