Have you ever attempted a sugar free diet only to find yourself slipping into old habits and grabbing for your favorite sugary treat less than a week later? If so, you are not alone. ‘How to quit sugar addiction’ is one of the most common phrases Googled in the world of health & nutrition, but why is it so hard to maintain a sugar free diet?
Sweets Make Us Feel Better
Nutritionists have found that sugar releases endorphins that help calm and relax the body, and offer a natural high. However, just like other drugs that give this feeling, it dissipates eventually, leaving you more tired or moody than before. As a carbohydrate, sugar also releases the feel-good brain chemical serotonin.
Since sugar, in its many forms, tastes good, and makes us feel better, we tend to reward ourselves with sweet treats. The more sugar we eat, the more we will crave it. When these cravings get strong, it makes it hard to believe a sugar free diet is even possible.
Is Sugar Addiction Real?
Scientists and nutritionists around the world have found that sugar (in all forms) and processed foods are as addictive as heroine or cocaine.