Advertisement

Sweet Solutions to Sugar Addiction

Sweet Solutions to Sugar Addiction

When the Archies crooned longingly “You got me wanting you” in the song Sugar, Sugar, they described perfectly what it’s like to crave the sweet stuff -- and millions of you feel the same. Nearly 13% of North American adults’ caloric intake comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar. That adds up to 152 pounds of sugars a year -- that’s another whole person! No wonder so many people are fighting obesity, metabolic disorders, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Ever since the book Sugar Blues came out in 1975 researchers have debated if sugar really can trigger an addiction’s “gotta-have-it-and-have-it-now” response. Now it seems it really does. Scientists at MIT say mice will cross an electrified zone to get to sugar even when they’re completely full -- and getting that sugar bomb stimulates the same brain regions that are associated with good lovin’ and bad drugs.

So if you have a sweet tooth that just won’t quit, it’s time to use proven detox methods.

  1. Talk to your doctor about reducing your sugar intake; set up an appointment with a nutritionist or coach (check out Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic Wellness Center online) who can offer you nutritional guidelines, emotional support and a plan.
  2. Get a buddy to do the added sugar elimination with you! You can kvetch, offer each other support and cook healthy foods together.
  3. Tell your honey you want to substitute some sweet lovin’ for sweets -- that’ll make those brain circuits light up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tip: Mushrooms
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tip: Mushrooms
Research continues to show that mushrooms offer a host of protective benefits from heart disease to diabetes. The meaty shiitake mushroom contains a c...
Read More
What are macronutrients?
ChuiceChuice
Macronutrients are energy-providing chemical substances we consume in large quantities. There are th...
More Answers
Eat Like a Nutritionist—13 Foods Health Experts Can't Live Without
Eat Like a Nutritionist—13 Foods Health Experts Can't Live WithoutEat Like a Nutritionist—13 Foods Health Experts Can't Live WithoutEat Like a Nutritionist—13 Foods Health Experts Can't Live WithoutEat Like a Nutritionist—13 Foods Health Experts Can't Live Without
Keep these approved foods in your refrigerator.
Start Slideshow
How Should I Start Eating After a Detox Diet?
How Should I Start Eating After a Detox Diet?