Sugar Addicts

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In Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, he makes a case for why we should get back to eating like our great-great grandparents.  The trendiness that has overcome the food industry has made us eat food that isn’t actually good for us just convenient for the food marketers and the journalists to promote.  One of the fads that he writes about is the desire to want things that are non-fat.  When we remove the fat in order to make things taste good we add sugar.  Sugar, unlike whole fats, is addictive.  It is just like a drug.  I understand this.  I crave sugar.  I, like many people, am addicted to sugar.  It would seem no matter how healthy I feel that I am eating I still crave sugar.  Although I gave up eating non-fat foods over a year ago, I was still saddened to imagine that perhaps my craving for sugar was because of my long history of avoiding full-fat foods and replacing them with sugar.  Now, when I crave sugar could it be that it is been a habit that I have lived with for so long that I will never be able to break it?

3 thoughts on “Sugar Addicts

  1. Heather Anderson

    Craving sugar is a biological response that the food industry has taken advantage of to increase market share and sales. Knowing that this craving is biological and you will not be able to “break” it I think is the answer to your dilemma. I often crave sweetness after I have eaten a very healthy, vegetable rich meal or after a workout. This is your bodies way of telling you what it needs and is a normal response. Instead of reaching for a candy bar or some kind of processed sweetness you can satisfy this craving with natural fruit sugars. Eat an apple, orange, or banana. The natural sugars in combination with fiber will give your body the boost it needs without the damage that comes from consuming processed sugars.

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