Nutrition experts continue to argue about whether sugar addiction really exists. Author and nutritionist Carina Norris adds, “Sugar addictions are often a combination of the physical and the psychological….”
UK-based nutritional therapist Lisa Blair says that eating too much sugar is very common. “Probably 90 per cent of the people I see in my clinic have some degree of blood sugar imbalance caused by eating foods that are too sugary” she says.
Do you have a sugar addiction? Read the questions below, and answer yes or no honestly:
When you start a healthy eating regime, are sugary treats the first hurdle you hit?
Do you often feel lethargic or depressed and feel the need for a sweet tasting pick-me-up?
Do you eat sugary foods such as cakes, chocolate and lollies every day?
If you feel sad, do you reach for something sweet?
Do you have problems going past the sweet/pudding/cake aisle without putting anything in your trolley?
Do you often buy ice cream or chocolate, plus a supersize fizzy drink when at the cinema?
If you answered yes to most or all of these, you could have a sugar problem.
Enjoy with protein. Lisa advises, “If you want something sweet, balance it with some protein as this will slow down the release of the sugars in the food. Try sugary mango with some plain yoghurt or dried fruit with some nuts.” Chocolate-coated nuts are another good option as is yoghurt with chocolate flakes
Once you cut down on sugary foods, be prepared to experience the odd headache and you may feel grumpy and low in energy at first. But after a few days, you’ll really start to feel better and your sugar dependence will fade. After six weeks or so, you should find that your palette returns to its natural state and becomes more sensitive to sweetness in foods.