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The Bitter Sweet on Sugar Addiction

By Fredrica Syren:

Sugar is addictive, potentially harmful, and absolutely everywhere and in everything. Sugar is addictive because it messes with your metabolism, so when you eat sugar, you crave more. There have even been many arguments that sugar is partially to blame for the obesity epidemic we’re experiencing worldwide.

The problem with “hidden” sugar is that we don’t know when we’re eating it or how much we’re eating since it’s sometimes added to foods that are not desserts. Hidden sugar can be found in processed foods such as tomato sauce, breakfast cereal, ketchup and juices. This processed sugar is what threatens our health. The danger of sugar is not news since experts have for years talked about the danger of sugar and have emphasized that, when we eat large amounts of processed sugar, we face a higher risk of dying early from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

In today’s society, we’re fooled into believing that low fat foods like bars, cereal and fruit-filled goods are healthy when, in fact, they are loaded with sugar. Processed foods especially tend to contain loads of sugar, which tricks our brains into thinking we’re hungry. Of course, sugar, unlike other addictive substances, doesn’t give addicted people the shakes when not eating it; but the cravings are still real.

Researchers have found a link between sugar and unhealthy levels of blood fats. Sugar is not shown to cause diabetes; however, consuming large amounts of sugar may cause obesity, which is proven to put people at high risk of diabetes.

Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks are the main source of added sugars in Americans’ diets today, but added sugar in processed foods is also a major source. The surprise sources of hidden sugars are

  •            Apple Sauce
  •             Pasta sauce
  •             Granola bars
  •             Yogurts
  •             Salad dressings
  •             Ketchup
  •             Cereal
  •             Energy drinks
  •             Tea

It’s a sad fact that Americans and many people from other countries consume way too much sugar. Reports have shown that Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. The problem with eating too much sugar is that it either adds calories to your diet or it replaces nutritional foods. Most people could benefit from reducing the amount of sugar in their diet. To do this, be aware and start to read food labels, and sweeten with more natural things like dried dates or fresh fruit instead.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating.

She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family.

Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business.

Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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