How you got hooked on sugar and why it’s so bad!

sugar syringe

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that sugar is not really healthy. Right? But, what most people probably don’t realise is just how bad and addictive it is. If you are currently a sugarholic, read on! (and keep and eye out for my next post on how to become an ex-sugarholic). If you are already on a sugar-free journey, a reminder of why we choose this lifestyle is always good.

So, how did you get hooked in the first place? Well, sugar binds itself to the same opioid receptors that drugs, alcohol and tobacco do! Following the fat-free ‘revolution’ in the 70’ies much of the fat in processed foods was replaced with sugar. This, unfortunately, means that there is added sugar in most processed foods. So, the generations growing up after the fat-free ‘introduction’ never really stood a chance of not becoming addicted in our modern and very convenient world. If we had all stuck with making everything from scratch like previous generations did, we probably wouldn’t be facing the global obesity epidemic that we are today.

The majority of this sugar consists of fructose and glucose.

Glucose is produced in our bodies and ingested through food and beverages and can be naturally broken down by every cell in the body. Glucose is the main energy source for our brain and for various processes in the body. We NEED it.

Fructose, however, is not essential and can only be broken down in the liver. Small amounts are okay as the liver can handle it and turns it into glycogen which is stored until it’s needed. If we flood our bodies with fructose the liver can’t keep up though and it’s forced to convert the fructose into fat which can cause havoc on our bodies in a multitude of ways (from tooth decay and obesity to fatty liver, diabetes, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction and heart disease). Natural fructose ingested through whole fruit is okay (as the fibre slows it down from being absorbed too rapidly in the bloodstream causing a spike in blood sugar). Juice is the one to stay away from. Juicing fruits hides the bulk that you are drinking. Think about a large glass of orange juice. It could have taken 8 oranges to make – would you ever eat that many oranges in one day? And, as mentioned, it goes straight into your bloodstream. You might as well just inject sugar right into your veins. If you stick with non-juiced fruit, it is really hard to over-eat. Just be careful with dried fruits, it’s easy to be tricked into eating too much because they take up more space than fresh versions and, hence, more concentrated.

For these reasons, you will notice that a lot of my baking uses glucose/dextrose (in the shape of glucose powder, glucose syrup and rice syrup). Important to note though is that glucose has a high Glycaemic index (GI) and is not suitable for people with diabetes (instead, please check out my low-carb recipes with no added sweetener, just fruit). Also, please note that even though we need glucose, it is a sugar and an excess can be dangerous, potentially causing obesity, diabetes and a host of other issues. All the recipes with glucose should still be considered a treat (baked goods) although some of them only has low amounts. Just eat sensibly.

Generally, many of the recipes that you can find here I only make for special occasions and a fair few of them I created or adapted during my sugar withdrawal because I craved those things I would normally eat. On a daily basis though (when you’re past the withdrawal), the main bulk of my food is wholesome and made from scratch as this is the only way to fully know what goes into your body. Yes, sure, it takes extra time, but as with anything that really matters, good things take time.

Need more information to be convinced? Check out the following:

Dr. Robert Lustig – Sugar: the bitter truth (video)

David Gillespie – Ways fructose destroys your body (article)

Nigel Latta – Is sugar the new fat?? (video)

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