Sugar is my drug of choice. And I do consider it a drug. The book “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty written in 1986 exposed the sugar industry and the horrors of what eating sugar does to our bodies and minds. Here is the description of sugar from Amazon’s site: “It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.”
For the last 6 weeks I have managed to use less than a half teaspoon of sugar a day in my diet. Please know that I use Stevia/Truvia (a natural sweetener) once, twice or thrice a day. The wonder of this dietary change is that I am not getting the screaming headaches and bitchiness I used to get when I went off sugar completely. When I was eating what I considered a relatively healthy diet earlier and would then eliminate sugar, I was witchy for two or three days with uncontrollable outbursts that shocked me.
Here is an article on the effects of sugar by nutritionists:
Here is an article by doctors: https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar
And the sugar companies seem to make sure that almost every prepared food we buy, including lunch meats have some component characterized as a sugar in it. Be sure to look for these ingredients listed in an article from Harvard Medical Studies:
- brown sugar
- corn sweetener
- corn syrup
- fruit juice concentrates
- high-fructose corn syrup
- invert sugar
- malt sugar
- syrup sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose).
It is difficult to find packaged foods without sugar. Surely sugar executives and investors are raking in profits. I admire the Public Broadcasting Cooking Shows where no sugar or a minimum of sugar is used. “Martha Bakes” is sponsored by a sugar company.
If you didn’t know: Gloria Swanson was a beautiful leading lady in movies from the 20’s and 30’s. She was macrobiotic and is known as an early health food crusader. When she joined friends at elegant restaurants she or her chauffeur would hand the maître ’ds her meal package upon entering. The waiters would serve her the macrobiotic food she had brought from home.
When I do indulge in a sugary dessert or ice cream, I do it without guilt. However, I also know I’ll feel better when I go “back on the sugar-free” wagon again.