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

Just Posted

Jurors set to deliberate on Kelowna murder trial

“He was mad as a hatter…”

Kelowna couple confront Alzheimer’s disease

Allan and Bettina Collier stay active and take life one day at a time

Stargate armour debuts at Kelowna expo

The Kelowna Fan Experience will feature Jaffa armour from Stargate SG-1

Vancouver artist rocks to fight opioid crisis

Jeremy Allingham is set to bring his guitar-focused rock ‘n roll to Kelowna April 6, Vernon June 9

World Down Syndrome Day: The up side of Down

A Kelowna family’s journey with Down Syndrome: ‘There is tremendous beauty in these kids’

Crook’s Corner

Arts and entertainment highlights this week across the Okanagan

Heavy ice off Canada coast strands pod of dolphins, fixating small town

The small Newfoundland community, Heart’s Delight, is fixated on plight of trapped dolphins

Foreign election interference a reality, says Trudeau after Putin re-election

Trudeau said the heavy use of social media and interference by foreign actors are the new reality in elections.

Canadians joining #DeleteFacebook amid fears of electoral meddling

Privacy experts say numerous Canadians are taking to other social media platforms to join in on the #DeleteFacebook hashtag

Schools close as spring snow storm tracks toward Maritime provinces

Schools are closing across the Maritime provinces as a spring snow storm tracks towards the region.

Son of late Canadian professor fights for mother’s release from Iran

Mehran Seyed-Emami’s father, an Iranian-Canadian professor, died in an Iranian jail after being accused of spying.

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

The fatality prompted Uber to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read