Moger: Bitter truth about sugar

Change the way you think of sugar and refined carbs. Refer to them as addictive drugs, not food.

Sugar is not a food. It is a chemical and it is an addictive drug. Researchers say it is as addictive as heroin and current studies indicate it is more addictive than cocaine!

When you eat sugar, your blood glucose levels rise excessively, and then high levels of insulin are released to bring glucose down. Glucose comes crashing down and cravings for more sugar develop. Eventually any food that results in an insulin spike will result in cravings for sugar and carbs. The food industry has made it into a diet staple because they know you will buy more.

The consumption of sugar is considered to be one of the three major causes of degenerative disease in Canada including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

There are few things in life where we have a lot of control, but the food we put into our bodies is one of them. Making better choices in food has a significant impact on our health.

Removing sugar from your diet is not as easy as you think, because sugar is used as an additive for preservation and to make things more palatable in most commercial foods. Unless you are living a health conscious lifestyle and picking your food wisely, sugar is in your ketchup, cereal, spaghetti sauce, soup, salad dressing, peanut butter, pancake syrup, bread, yogurt, you name it.

Other forms of sugar that should be removed from the diet include date sugar, maple sugar, raw sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltose and lactose, as well as molasses, honey, agave, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt and fruit juice sweetened items. Organic sugar, organic cane syrup and evaporated cane juice should go as well as they are not much healthier—sugar is sugar.

Here are some tips to break sugar cravings.

Change the way you think of sugar and refined carbs. Refer to them as addictive drugs, not food—that’s what they are.

Keep sugar and sugar products out of the house, so you won’t be tempted.

Choose low glycemic, high fiber grains like quinoa and brown rice instead of “white stuff.”

Opt for 100 per cent whole grain wraps, or whole or sprouted grain bread.

Eat more fruit—nature’s sweet snack

Eat protein regularly. Boil eggs and have them ready to go.

Pre-load your blender the night before with protein powder, Greek yogurt and fruits.

“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”—English proverb