The great sugar debate - is sugar the new tobacco?
Over the past few days it has been at the forefront of all news bulletins - is sugar the new tobacco?
So just how addicted are you to sugar?
It's everywhere in all our foods and drinks, but just how much sugar should we be consuming each day. Government guidelines say that for women its 50g, and for men its 70g.
Sugar is used in all low fat foods, and some yoghurt's can contain as much as 14 teaspoons of sugar to make them taste nice. Modern diets for the majority of people contain mostly refined carbohydrates, which means our bodies end up with a constant flow of sugar through our bloodstream, giving us highs and lows throughout the day quite often topped up with sugary drinks and sweets.
The good news is that you can beat the sugar addiction and still enjoy good foods.
Look for sugar alternatives; remember, some fruits contain a lot of natural sugars that can also be harmful.
Try making flapjacks, oat pancakes or even peanut cookies, there`s lots of great websites that will give you alternatives. With sugar now being blamed for a host of illnesses, it's time we take control and look after ourselves more than ever.
Sugar is highly addictive, it produces a rush of energy as it hits our brains and affects the same part of our brains as cocaine and other drugs, producing this feeling of well-being, but it also has a comedown and can cause headaches as well as other symptoms. Weaning yourself off sugar is not going to be easy and there will be some side effects as your body detoxes. However results can be seen in just a few days as your body adjusts.
Cutting out sugar does not have to be too difficult. Perhaps visiting a hypnotherapist for sugar addiction is an answer, or ask a hypnotherapist to include it in your weight loss programme.
Remember keeping fit and healthy is about eating right, eating less and moving more.
Here`s some tips to help you cut down your sugar intake:
- Drink more water and cut out fizzy drinks.
- Look at food labels when you do your weekly shop.
- Choose tinned fruit that is in its own juice rather than syrup.
- Change to wholegrain cereals, avoid those coated with sugar or honey.
- Reduce the amount of sugar you have in hot drinks such as tea or coffee.
- Only eat chocolate or sweets twice weekly as a special treat, learn to look forward to your treat days.
Not only can sugar cause illnesses such as diabetes, it also causes tooth decay - so ensure that you brush your teeth after every meal.
Sugar also contributes to the UK`s high obesity rate so cut it out as much as you can.
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