We all need a little sweetness in our lives, don’t we?
But I’m looking for moderation.
It’s been years since we mentioned how sugar depletes us and pointed out that sugar is
- eight times more addictive than cocaine
- hidden in foods unexpectedly
- causes fatty liver, stiff narrow arteries, heart disease, diabetes and more.
- blocks messages to the brain, making us think we are still hungry for more
What is the recommended daily sugar intake (per American Heart Association)?
36 grams for men
24 grams for women
The sugar we get from natural fruits and vegetables generally amounts to about 15 grams of sugar a day. (Leaving another 9 grams “for fun” each day, if I stick to the sugar RDA of 24 gm/day for women. Those nine grams might be one small cookie, or a few crackers, or salad dressing, etc.)
Prior to World War II, people ate about 16 to 24 grams of sugar a day. Foods were closer to nature back then.
High fructose corn syrup was invented in 1975 and began to be added to more and more foods. Within five years, we were up to eating 37 grams of sugar a day.
Nowadays our typical sugar intake (teens or adults) is a whopping 70 to 120 grams of sugar a day – much of it in processed foods and soda pop. (One soda a day is 39 gm – too much sugar for the body to handle long-term.)
Sugar is hiding in bread, buns, crackers, chips, salad dressings, condiments and more!
Fruit juice? Avoid it. Tons of sugar there, even though it’s a natural product.
We often overwhelm our body with triple or quadruple the amount of sugar it can handle.
Every day? Oy. Too much!
Here’s some of the damage sugar does.
What too much sugar does to us
- Suppresses the immune system and cuts your defense against viruses and such
- Makes high cholesterol worse
- Reduces the elasticity of the tissues, makes the fascia stiff, which impairs all organs and body parts
- Feeds cancer cells
- Paves the way for autoimmune diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis
- Causes premature aging
- Fosters yeast infections
- May cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins
- Contributes to osteoporosis
- Can cause depression
- Can raise blood pressure
- Can cause headaches and migraines
- Can lead to kidney stones
- Worsens ADHD
- Slows down the adrenal glands (more fatigue)
- Contributes to eczema
- Can permanently alter the way proteins act in your body
- Increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, gout, emphysema, and cataracts
- Makes the skin age by changing the structure of collagen
- Can make tendons more brittle
And a ton of other problems, fully researched. (Find more, plus footnotes of scientific studies at https://nancyappleton.com/141-reasons-sugar-ruins-your-health/ )
Yeah, so that’s why I try to keep it down to 24 gm per day.
When I sit down to my daily cookie, I give it my undivided attention.
Because we all need a little sweetness from time to time.
Sugar cravings can be caused by a deficiency of Magnesium (see more scoop here)
Drink extra water to diminish cravings.
Aromatherapy with orange essential oil can curb my sugar craving.
Here’s a new one on me: dill oil applied to the wrists can stop sugar addiction. (Let us know how that works for you, if you try it.)
It does get easier to resist sugar and to prioritize for the “really good stuff” rather than eating any old sweet thing.
Mostly I find that if I get busy with an activity, then I don’t succumb to sugar so much.
What works for you? Please share below.
Monkfruit sweetener is currently my favorite. What’s yours?
(Xylitol is fatal to dogs, so watch out for that.)
Diane Stallings RN does distance healing, EFT tapping, and/or Biofield Tuning on the phone, energy healing sessions, Chakra Balancing, and health coaching. She gives you practical ways to lift your wellbeing. Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills or on the phone anywhere.
(Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for this image.)