Most of us use sugar spontaneously, without thinking about how it actually affects our health. We often add a teaspoon of sugar to our coffee without thinking, or nibble on something sweet after lunch… Have you ever asked yourself, would you be able to fully live without sugar?
Older people develop a sugar addiction and they aren’t even aware of it. We discover several subtle signs that indicate that your love for the sweet is, in fact, something much more, something that can be called an addiction.
You cannot stop nibbling
Pointless snacking during the day between meals certainly doesn’t mean you’re hungry, but you might have a problem with sugar addiction. Just look at the consequences of sugar, the body is more vulnerable to hyperglycemia, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. If you often eat foods rich in sugar, sugar levels in the body rise sharply and quickly, and when that lowers it can cause even greater desire.
Addicted to caffeine
Coffee alone is not the problem, the problem is what you put in it each morning. Special cream for coffee and even the instant coffee are rich in carbohydrates that quickly break down to sugar in the blood. Many people who try to give up coffee afterwards discover that they crave for other sources of sugar and look for replacement in other forms. This could mean that you are in fact missing sugar, instead of coffee.
Sugar has been named as one of three “white death” for which doctors are urging that we should intake as little as possible (alongside to sugar there are salt and white flour).
Do you eat a lot of fruit?
Having a fair amount of fruit in your diet is a good thing, but in this case intake shouldn’t be exaggerated because the fruit can satisfy your desire for sweets. Do not let the fruit to prevail. Many people don’t want to understand that fruit juices are rich in sugar. If you eat a lot of fruit that actually could mean that the thing you crave is nothing but sugar. It is important to realize what is it that you are actually asking for.
If you are tired after a long day at work that’s fine, but if you are tired in the morning and you’re literally struggling to get to work that can be a sign that something is wrong. One of the first changes you’ll notice after you stop eating sugar is incredible rush of energy. Constant fatigue, when the day starts there’s no reason to feel tired, can be one of the clearest signs that you are addicted to sugar. This indicates that there is a insufficient amount of glucose utilization by muscles due to insulin resistance.
Do you have trouble with weight?
If you feed the body with a certain amount of sugar every single day that will inevitably have an impact on your weight. Sudden weight gain and problems with removing extra pounds are the first indicators that you have a problem. While glucose can be processed by almost every cell in the body, fructose must be processed by the liver. Liver isn’t good at processing large amounts, therefore most fructose is turned into fat and that eventually leads to obesity.
You really need dessert
Sweet and salty snacks after meals are very common, but if you reach a point where you just cannot imagine a complete meal without a dessert that means that you have a problem. Problem is not in that piece of chocolate that you take after dinner, the real problem lies in whether you can have dinner without any chocolate afterwards.
You cannot give up sugar
One of the sure signs of addiction of any kind is certainly that you are not able to control your behavior. The moment you completely lose control of your sugar intake may be the time to ask yourself what is the real problem. If your craving for sweets increases it is a clear symptom of addiction.