According to estimates, an average Canadian consumes 72 kg of sugar every year. Ironically, in some cases, it exceeds the weight of an average individual.

Sugar addiction is another name for successive sugar cravings.An overindulgence in sweets and other sugary treats has been stamped as a sugar addiction.

This good-for-bad- health sugar addiction daily result in many irreversible/chronic health complications in the long term, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, gingivitis, tooth decay, certain types of cancer, kidney problems [nephropathy], eye problems [retinopathy] and nervous system break down [neuropathy] are common complications. More amputations are happening in the world due to diabetes than accidents. What a sad state of affairs?

Needless to add that a high consumption of sugar, intermittently, do cause mood swings and make you feel fatigued, hyper, irritableanxious, or aggressive.. Some of the negative effects of sugar are linked to its effect on insulin, a hormone that helps sugar to be transferred from the blood into the body cells. There it is used as a fuel/energy along with oxygen for activities of daily living. One table spoon [15 gm] of sugar also known as sucrose has 58 calories.

One tbl spoon [21gm] of Honey have 64 calories. Honey is as bad as table sugar in terms of calories for a diabetic person. Though onnutrition front honey is far better than table sugar. Most of the honey available on East Asian stores locally is adulterated. The best choice pure and available locally is Manuka Honey.

An average East Indian consumes approx. 200gm of sugar a day per se all the intake . Those who do manual work can partly justify this but for the rest of us, we are inviting trouble by being a slave to our taste buds. An excess of sugar in the blood, hampersthe normal functioning of ten systems inside the body.

Refined sugar [table sugar] is void of vitamins and minerals, so your body will have to borrow these nutrients from healthy cells in order to be able to metabolize the sugary food. This will cause your body to deplete its stores of vitamins (especially vitamin C and the B complex vitamins), minerals, and enzymes. Despite having insight onthe ill effects of sugar on health, we seem to surrender to our around 8000 taste buds [gustatory perception] in the mouth and add sugar to our foods. The sad part is, unknowingly, we indulge in highly processed store-bought foods that contain loads of added sugar.

According to estimates, the average Canadian consumes 60kg -72 Kg of sugar every year.In some cases even more than the person’s weight as on date. The Nutriion Value Charts are fudged to promote sales. Daily we buy slow death. Eating too much sugar can also have an impact on our mood by making us tired, irritable,

Why is it’s difficult to beat sugar craving ?

The answer lies in our evolution: Our ancestors , during the primitive age, lived in an environment where quick sources of energy were hard to find , and thus they were always looking for foods which provide an abundance of readily available energy. Sugar is an excellent source of energy plus a sweet taste typically tickled their taste buds. Since all their calories were heavily manual they consumed more calories . But their food was least processed

The problem these days is that we eat far more sugar than our ancestors ever could and least manual work in comparison . Also the type of sugar we tend to consume [refined cane sugar] makes us more vulnerable to health problems. Rather than indulging in healthy sweet treats like berries or low GI fruit we often opt for unhealthy snacks containing concentrated amounts of white table sugar. This highly refined sugar has little nutritional value; yet it is high in calories.It is GOOD FOR BAD HEALTH, a proven fact beyond an iota of doubt.

What happens inside our body after we eat sugar

Inside our body at a cellular level, sugar and other sweet substances appearto stimulate the brain’s beta-endorphin receptor sites. Endorphins are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous means [originating inside the body] and morphine, intended to mean “a morphine-like substance originating from within the body”.[1] The class of endorphin compounds includes α-endorphin, β-endorphin, γ-endorphin, α-neo-endorphin, and β-neo-endorphin. The principal function of endorphins is to inhibit the transmission of pain signals PLUS they also produce a feeling of euphoria /pleasure, very similar to that produced by other opioids. This is the reason why we compellingly fail to control our sugar cravings at par with drug addicts .

 

Surinder Shaun

Kochhar LPN, FCN