Sugar addiction is the greatest nutritional chrisis of all time and these are the reasons I quit sugar!

1. Sugar kills more people each year then tobacco and alcohol combined.

2. Sugar is four times more addictive then cocaine and everyone is addicted. It gives us a high by increasing glucose levels. When the glucose levels decrease, it feels bad and we need more sugar.

3. The consumption of sugar used to be a special treat that was closely controlled and monitored to ensure people didn’t consume it too often. In the 1970’s with the introduction of the low-fat food concept, food manufacturers replaced fat with sugar to make low fat food taste better. Today the majority of processed foods contain high amounts of sugar including bread, processed meats, cereal, condiments, drinks, dressings, canned goods and most yogurts.

4. Sugar is highly addictive, sugar makes you fat and sugar creates food cravings and keeps you hungry.

5. Sugar makes you fat! Fat does not make you fat… Read more about fat in our ‘7 Things you need to know about Fats’ post here http://www.allrealfood.com.au/fats/

6. Sugar is sugar cane that has been highly processed and refined. The average Australian consumes 150g of sugar per day. It takes 12kgs of raw sugar cane to produce 150g of refined sugar. There is no way anyone could eat 12kgs of raw sugarcane without being severely ill. The refinement processes allows this to be possible but not without consequences.

7. Refined sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. Glucose drives fat stores under the skin, and fructose deposits fat around organs such as the liver. This prevents the liver working correctly resulting in increased production of insulin, increased cellular aging and increased hunger. The long term end result is likely diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

8. In an effort to create sugar-free alternatives, a wide range of artificial sugar substitutes have been created; unfortunately most are these are worse than sugar, and should be avoided at costs.

9. There is a wide range of wonderful tasty, all real and natural unrefined alternatives to sugar which taste delicious and are packed with vitamins and minerals.

10. Natural sugar alternatives like pure maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup, barley malt, molasses, Medjool dates and Rapadura sugar are now readily and affordable!

These natural sugar alternatives can be found at most health food stores, some supermarkets in the health food isle and raw honey can be bought straight from the hive at most farmers markets.

Further reading: I quit sugar – Sarah Wilson – www.iquitsugar.com; Sugar, is it really the new poison? http://changinghabits.com.au/healthy-blog/sugar-is-it-really-the-new-poison