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As Addictive As Most Narcotics?
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
You have been warned…
There is one food – or nutrient – that could be as addictive as most street drugs.
In fact, this one nutrient is found in many of the food products you eat every day.
The food offender: sugar.
But, I have some great news for you!
There are all-natural sweeteners that could sweeten many of the foods you eat – without the adverse side effects associated with sugar.
See for yourself…
Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners
Here’s the problem:
Your brain needs sugar in order to function. But not table sugar like you would normally think of.
Your brain requires glucose in order to function. And when your levels drop, your brain sends out a warning signal to your body to eat more food.
Result = pretty intense cravings.
However, here’s the problem with added sugar. Sugar targets the reward system in your brain.
And when it’s exposed to high amounts of sugar, the reward center may become over-sensitized to sugar.
This makes you crave sugar. And this may mean you need more and more sugar in order to shut down the cravings and the sugar response.
So what can you do?
Well, for starters, you should reduce your intake of refined and processed carbs and any added sugar in your diet.
One way to accomplish this feat is to look for more natural sweeteners.
And, just for you, we have provided the top THREE natural sweeteners we recommend:
1. Coconut Sugar
This natural sweetener – which is made from boiling down the sap of coconut flower buds cut from coconut leaves – is a great substitute for your sweet tooth.
Not only does it contain far less sucrose than regular table sugar, it is also lower on the glycemic index.
That means there may not be such a sharp increase in blood sugar or insulin released by your body.
2. Raw Honey
Those bees sure are busy little buggers!
Raw honey – not the boiled down and refined type – is chock full of potent minerals that hold tons of benefits for your health.
Plus, raw honey possesses many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, which places honey way up there in terms of healthy nutrition.
Not only that, but honey is low in fructose, which makes it a great sweetener for a number of different foods.
This common sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.
Stevia may be 200 times sweetener than sugar, but it possesses some pretty impressive health benefits.
Stevia has been shown to have anti-glycemic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It could be one of the most widely used sweeteners around.
Take Home Message
I hate to tell you this, but sugar is extremely addictive.
So addictive in fact, that many people experience very intense cravings when their blood sugar levels drop low enough.
One reason for this is due to sugars ability to stimulate the reward system in your brain. And this overstimulate may make you need more sugar just to quiet your cravings.
And this may be why most people turn to artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, without adding calories to their waistline.
This has brought about the boom in artificial and natural sweetener.
If you’re looking to curb your sugar cravings, then you should turn to the three natural sweeteners from above.
It could just save your life and protect your health in the process!
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