Sugar – A Sweet Addiction

Is sugar potentially addictive, like alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs? The answer is likely yes.

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10 Comments

  1. Based on my own experience, sugar addiction is real. However, I have cured my sugar addiction with a diet very low in carbs - between 20 and 50 grams a day. My ketogenic diet has freed me from my sugar addiction.
  2. Since going lower carb the sweetness of an apple is equal to the sweetness I would get from a candy bar in my past diet. Sometimes apples would taste almost sickly sweet to me! Anyone else have this experience?
  3. Maggan A
    In my experiance all carbs are equal to sugar - even the once that dont taste sweet - give me a peace of bread and i go mad for some moore - or anything else containing carbs. Yes Im indeed a carbaddict. Takes me about four days to recover with a huge amount of willpower, after one singel peace of bread....
  4. TheFatNurse,

    "Since going lower carb the sweetness of an apple is equal to the sweetness I would get from a candy bar in my past diet. "

    Same here! Amazing, isn't it?

  5. Violeta,

    Not as amazing as those pictures on your blog ;-)

  6. Alexandra M
    Violeta - could you give me a link?

    "Not as amazing as those pictures on your blog..."

    Great stuff on the blog, but I don't know what pictures you're referring to.

    Thanks!

  7. osteoDH
    Based on my personal experience ,sugar addiction is very real.

    @Violetta , Happy to read you could cure it with ketogenic diet. Only ketosis can keep me away frolm the carbs. Unfortunately it is difficult to remain in ketosis as I don't feel fit ( I am not overweight and sport a lot) and even feel fuzzy in the head . The slightest amount of carbs makes me binging right away. I'm seeking for solutions since 20 years for this issue. Any ideas more than welcome.

  8. osteoDH,

    I definitely cured mu sugar addiction with my katogenic diet. I have no cravings for sugary food at all but I do eat deserts of sort that I make myself based on my own recipes - and without sugar or flour. I eat my own deserts only once in a blue moon (for example, during holidays) and I eat them in very small quantities and only not to alienate my friends and family. (Sugary food is, unfortunately, associated with "good times with friends and family" and I don't want to come across as a food-Nazi and make people around me uncomfortable with my food choices.)

    Now that I am keto-adapted, even fruits taste too sweet and do not agree with me too much.
    For example, blueberries now taste as sweet as smarties. Only now do I realize how much sugar (and I include naturally occurring fructose in that category as well) I used to eat in the past. No wander that, in my early thirties, my body became fed up with that sugar overloading and started to pack pounds like crazy and I eventually ballooned to 178 pounds on 5 foot 5 frame and ended up not feeling well at all.

    Re: "Unfortunately it is difficult to remain in ketosis as I don't feel fit ( I am not overweight and sport a lot) and even feel fuzzy in the head . The slightest amount of carbs makes me binging right away."

    For me, staying in ketosis is very easy and I feel great because I follow guidelines provided by Drs. Volek and Phinney. In their book "The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance", they indicate the following:
    "Low carbohydrate diets increase the loss of sodium and water by the kidneys. Failure to adequately replace sodium adversely affects potassium balance and has several negative effects (e.g. fatigue, fainting, headache, loss of lean mass). The easiest solution is to consume an extra 1-2 grams of sodium per day in the form of 2 bouillon cubes (or home-made broth)."

    I do exactly that and I have no issues whatsoever. Also, if you keep you carb intake below 50 grams a day for about 3 -4 weeks, and, if during that period you stick to green veggies as the primary source of your carbs, those cravings that you have will disappear.

    I follow the advice of Drs. Volek and Phinney and their 2 books (the one I mentioned above and the one called "The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living") are my "bibles".

    I am very physically active but, in my keto-adapted state, physical activity is no longer sheer agony that it used to be on a high-carb/low-fat diet in the past. For me, physical activity is now actually very enjoyable.

    BTW, I just finished a half-marathon (http://www.torontomarathon.com/) and it was terrific.

    So, I would warmly recommend that you purchase the books by Drs. Volek and Phinney - it is going to be one of the best investment that you have ever made, I'm sure. Good luck!

  9. osteoDH
    I'm grateful for your advice Violetta. At the moment I'm reading 'Primal body; primal mind from N. Gedgauras. The books you suggested will be the next ones to finosh. Seems though as I understand the theory but have difficulties with practice.
    Congratulations with your physical performance!
    Thanks again for sharing your experience! Hope to get there once!
  10. Metabolic syndrome' in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition this link goes to the free full text of the paper.
    Here are the key Points.

    • We provide novel evidence for the effects of metabolic dysfunctions on brain function using the rat model of metabolic syndrome induced by high fructose intake.

    • We describe that the deleterious consequences of unhealthy dietary habits can be partially counteracted by dietary supplementation of n-3 fatty acid.

    • High sugar consumption impaired cognitive abilities and disrupted insulin signalling by engaging molecules associated with energy metabolism and synaptic plasticity; in turn, the presence of docosahexaenoic acid, an n-3 fatty acid, restored metabolic homeostasis.

    • These findings expand the concept of metabolic syndrome affecting the brain and provide the mechanistic evidence of how dietary habits can interact to regulate brain functions, which can further alter lifelong susceptibility to the metabolic disorders.

    I hope you make the effort to read the full text but for those who don't enjoy full text papers here is a Science Daily article This Is Your Brain On Sugar: Study in Rats Shows High-Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning, Memory based on it.

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