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What are some benefits of breaking a sugar addiction?

Breaking a sugar addiction is good for your health in many ways; from taking in less empty calories, to having more energy, to breaking sugar cravings. Watch psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, discuss the benefits of breaking an addiction to sugar.
Nicole Avena, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Benefits of reducing sugar intake include an overall lowering of body weight, and a lowered risk for diabetes, cancer and heart issues. In this video, research neuroscientist Nicole Avena, PhD, describes the health benefits of cutting back on sugar.  
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
Besides the obvious long term benefits of markedly lowering the risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart attacks ― the major killers of modern life ― cutting sugar intake will help many other conditions. These include:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Pain of many kinds
  • Decreased immune function (a 12 ounce can of soda can drop immune function by 30% for three hours!)
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colon
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol and hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Hormonal problems
  • Schizophrenia
  • Candida and yeast infections
  • ADHD
It also helps boosts metabolism so that people can finally lose weight as well.

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