What would you say if someone told you most of your friends were addicted to drugs? It might sound ridiculous, but according to many scientists, most people in the world are addicted to drugs, maybe even you. When they talk about drugs, they aren’t talking about the illegal ones you can go to jail for. Instead, they are talking about sugar, which many believe to be a drug.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “Some animal studies show that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.” Eating sugar causes a dopamine response in our brains. This causes us to continue craving sugar, so we can get another hit of dopamine. Most people don’t even realize they are enjoying the dopamine response more than the sweet taste of sugar.
Many people think that the main problem with sugar is it will make you fat, but there are more serious dangers than that. Sugar is one of the main foods that causes inflammation. Chronic inflammation can cause permanent damage. It leads to cancer, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. While many things can cause inflammation in the body, sugar is one of the worst. Some even call it ‘the white poison’.
The tough part is that sugar is hidden in so many foods where you would never expect to find it. Many foods that don’t taste sweet are still turned into sugar after we eat them. Flour is the biggest example. Once flour gets into your system, it is processed the same way that sugar is. This means eating foods like bread and pasta is similar to eating sugar. Almost all processed foods are converted to sugar in the end. For this reason, Dr. Hyman recommends avoiding them. That means throwing out any foods that come in a box, bottle, or can, unless it is something very simple and natural like canned beans.
Trying to quit these foods can be difficult for some people. They’ve become so used to the sugar in these foods, they must detox from them. They usually feel much better after a few weeks without sugar in their diet. Still, they tend to feel under the weather while detoxing from sugar products.
Is your diet high in hidden sugar? If so, cutting out sweets and processed foods could make you much healthier. It might be hard to give up some of your favorite foods, but you might feel a whole lot better without them. What do you think, could you live a life without sugar?