12 tips for kicking the refined sugar habit

Knowing how bad sugar is for you doesn’t make it any easier to kick the habit.   Found this article on the Mother Nature Network (mnn.com):

I don’t know of anyone who thinks sugar is actually good for you, yet we average 130 pounds of sugar per person in the United States. The question is, why do we eat sugary foods and drinks when we know it’s bad for us? One researcher said the desire for fructose is wired into us because in nature, anything with fructose in it isn’t poisonous. Another researcher demonstrated with MRI scans how your brain releases dopamine when you eat something sweet. Your body rewards you when you eat sugar by making you feel good.

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The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup and synthetic opiates have many similarities in metabolism, marketing, and impact on the epidemics of obesity and addiction.

Over the last three decades, two health crises have simultaneously overwhelmed modern America: obesity and addiction. The rise of both and a driving factor of each – opioids for addiction, and sugar for obesity – can be traced to two similar inventions, the creation and proliferation of synthetic opiates, and the promulgation of high fructose corn syrup. However, these two products are not only similar in how they have been marketed to consumers, but in how their chemical architecture metabolizes in the human body.

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5 Nutrients You’re Deficient In… If You Eat Too Much Sugar

Great article on the Paleo Mom Blog, covering another very good reason – or FIVE very good reasons – to cut down on, or quit eating sugar altogether.

It turns out, a high intake of sugar can contribute to nutrient deficiencies in ways other than by displacing more nutritious foods. We’ve discovered a number of mechanisms by which sugar can actually deplete (or reduce the absorption) of certain vitamins and minerals. As a result, eating too much sugar can induce deficiencies, even when our overall micronutrient intake appears to be adequate.

Read this article to find out the 5 nutrients you may be deficient in:

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