Why Is It So Hard for Americans to Just Quit Sugar

Why Is It So Hard for Americans to Just Quit Sugar

We know, it’s the beginning of the year, and resolutions are at their finest. But it’s not always easy to break a habit. Setting goals is reasonable, but it might be best to take it to step by step. If you want to cut out sugar, you might be dealing with an addiction.

Health expert Susan Peirce Thompson stated that sugar is as addictive as cocaine, and people might be trapped in a physiological addiction. Brain scans show all we need to know on this matter.

Officials urge Americans to limit their sugar intake, but this is easier said than done, since sugar is one of the hardest addictions to fight. When you eat sugar, and it gets to your tastebuds, these tastebuds have a direct connection to the addiction centers found in the brain. From there, it enters the bloodstream, and it leads to a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels.

It’s good to keep in mind that the average American consumes more than 135 calories of added sugars every day. This is more than the recommended amount per day. It can lead to obesity, type-two diabetes, and heart disease.

Added sugars can be found in beverages, coffee, desserts, and tea, and let’s not forget about candy. If you remove sugar from your diet, you can only do good to not only your physical health, but also your mental health. Just like alcohol, sugar is a depressant, and it makes you feel like you can conquer the world – but for a short period of time. In the long run, the story differs. If you want to feel better in the long run, you might want to quit sugar. Replace it with vegetables, and it will change your life completely.”Foods that didn’t use to taste sweet will start to taste incredibly sweet now that you have given up that sugar,” Thompson stated. 

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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