Recent studies suggest that sugar is just as addictive as cocaine and some think it should be considered a “dangerous drug”. We all know that soda pop and candy bars are packed full of sugar, but did you know that “low fat” products usually have more sugar than their full fat counterparts? When food manufacturers remove fat from a product to make it “healthier”, they almost always add sugar to minimize taste changes.
After you eat something sugary, your blood sugar levels surge and then drop dramatically. This drop then causes you to feel hungry and want more. Insulin is the hormone in our bodies that is released when our blood sugar levels rise. Insulin is also the hormone that stores fat – any sugar that isn’t needed for fuel for your body will be stored as fat. And as we are eating more and more things that contain sugar, our insulin levels are staying high because our body is no longer responding the way that it should.
As more people are switching to low fat products in an effort to be healthier, this problem is getting more serious. An average American eats approximately 30 teaspoons of added sugar every day (that’s over half a cup)! Many researchers are suggesting that this increase in added sugar in our diets is just as much to blame for the rise in obesity as our fat intake.
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