Please check out our website www.lowcarbdiabetic.co.uk We created and maintain this site without any help from anyone else. In doing so, we do not receive direct or indirect funding from anyone. We do not accept money or favours to manipulate the evidence in any way. Please visit our Low Carb food and recipe blog www.lowcarbdietsandrecipes.blogspot.com
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Sweet poison: why sugar is ruining our health !
Each week the average Briton consumes 238 teaspoonfuls of a potentially toxic
substance linked to long-term health problems – often without knowing it.
But just how hard is it to go sugar-free?
Like it or lump it, few of us get through the day without adding sugar to our
daily diet. We are a Pavlovian population made up of sugar, treacle and
toffee addicts, drawn to the taste of sweetness like bees to honey. So
ingrained is our desire that even writing about sugar now is sending my
salivary glands into overdrive as my brain reacts to the very thought of it,
whizzing neurotransmitters around to prepare my body for some serious
glucose action. Perhaps you, while reading this, are reaching – almost
unwittingly – for a chocolate Hobnob?
But that’s not a problem, is it? We could stop and eat a piece of cheese
instead – any time we wanted. Or could we?
Maybe not. It seems that our desire to load up with sugar regularly may not be
the cheeky reward-cum-energy boost we think it is. Increasingly, experts
believe we can be truly addicted to sugar. French scientists in Bordeaux
reported that in animal trials, rats chose sugar over cocaine (even when
they were addicted to cocaine), and speculated that no mammals’ sweet
receptors are naturally adapted to the high concentrations of sweet tastes
on offer in modern times. They worried, in a paper published in 2007, that
the intense stimulation of these receptors by our typical 21st-century
sugar-rich diets must generate a supra-normal reward signal in the brain,
with the potential to override self-control mechanisms and thus to lead to
So if you feel like you are craving a chocolatey treat, that craving is more
than just a figure of speech. You may be one of the world’s most common
dependants: a sugar addict.
But take heart. Around the world, a growing body of expert opinion – the 'No
Sugar’ movement – is leading a global fightback and warning that our sweet
habit is completely out of control, leaving a nasty taste in the mouth of
the body public. Sugar, whether added to food by you or the manufacturer, is
the greatest threat to human health, bar none, they say. And unless we wise
up and quit en masse, we don’t just risk personal obesity and disease, but
national bankruptcy and collapse as the toll our ill health takes on
our countries’ economies threatens to destabilise the modern world.