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Giving Up Sugar - Kicking the Habit

Posted on November 14, 2015 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

Excess weight is an issue that is constantly in the media. Whether you know it or not, you are are thinking about it and most likely basing your food choices on what is currently trending to promote weight loss. Research continues to show the importance of maintaining a healthy weight as it helps to decrease the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes. However, why does it feel that giving up something like smoking is heroic, whereas giving up sugar and losing weight is somehow a lesser achievement?


Take the Plunge


Substances such as tobacco are addictive and there are plenty of initiatives to help encourage people to quit smoking. Popular examples such as “Stoptober” help people to take the plunge and to distance themselves from tobacco. Initiatives such as this help to keep people motivated to reach their goal and give up smoking for good.


Emerging research continues to show that excess sugar consumption is unhealthy - it is stored as body fat, contributes to weight gain and in turn increases our risk of developing conditions such as diabetes.


So, giving up sugar is a worthy cause! Research continues to show that a diet low in sugar and processed foods helps to promote health. It also helps weight loss, improves energy levels and helps you to feel better in yourself.


Is Sugar Addictive? The Science So Far


Due to the nature and implications of this, the number of studies looking at the effects of sugar on humans are few and far in between. The data that we have on the psychological implications of sugar consumption are all based on animal studies. A scientific literature review of all the research that has been done on this topic concluded that under certain circumstances these animals did become addicted to sugar and that more research needs to be done to fully assess the extent of this of in humans [1].


A recent research review, this time based on studies carried out in humans, has helped to shed light on the brain chemistry that underlies our cravings for carbohydrate-based foods. The verdict? Humans do crave carbohydrates and this seems especially true when we feel stressed and anxious [2].


The Natural Low Carb Store - Guiding You to Better Health


The Natural Low Carb Store way of doing things is quite simple - we embrace whole foods. The difference between these types of foods is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing real foods, the essential nutrient requirements are met whilst in turn helping reduce cravings in between meals for sugary items.

 

The result? You find yourself naturally craving healthier food as your palate changes. You'll discover new flavours that previously had been hidden under loads of unnecessary sugar. Don't believe us? Check out our recipe section for ideas to tickle your taste buds.


The Natural Low Carb Store way is all about being healthy and making the right food choices. Feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.



References
  1. Avena, N.M., Rada, P. & Hoebel, B.G., 2007. Evidence for sugar addiction: behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 32(1), pp.20–39.
  2. Ventura, T., Santander, J., Torres, R. and Contreras, A. (2014). Neurobiologic basis of craving for carbohydrates. Nutrition, 30(3), pp.252-256.

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