You know sugar isn’t good for you – But why? Why is this seemingly innocent, powdery white substance so demonized?
Sugar is a chemical substance that our bodies need, but in its natural form, it comes with a buffer of fiber, pectin, or some other, more easily metabolized substance.
In natural fruits, sugar is easily digested by the body because it is in a low enough quantity, added by buffers, so that your body can break it down slowly.
Enter – the processed, high-fructose, sucralose, cane sugar.
These sugars cannot be broken down by the body. New studies show that the highly processed sugars we are consuming are as addictive as cocaine. We’re also eating about 160 pounds of it annually, and we aren’t exactly cave men and women who need it as we did in Paleolithic times, to help us store fat for the winter.
It’s now cheaper to eat a candy bar full of processed sugar than it is to eat an apple. We eat the candy bar, the cookies, and the cakes, but we also eat sugar in foods we didn’t even know had processed sugars in them, like applesauce or granola, spaghetti sauce, or even foods sold as “diet” foods.
So Why is sugar bad for you? Because it is like cocaine, and food manufacturers know that. They want you addicted to their sugary foods — not eating an apple. That’s because the more you eat these foods, just as with any addiction, the more you want them. Your brain rewards the behavior, but then ups the ante. Eating one candy bar doesn’t make you feel as good as eating two, then three, and so on.
The next time you crave sugar, ask yourself – have you been the guinea pig for a chemical experiment?
That’s right. Put down the sugar. Your health depends on it.
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