Can people really be addicted to sugar?
Although the words sugar and addiction are not often seen together, yes, people can become a sugar addict. Rosalie Moscoe, RHN, RNCP, suffered from an addiction to sugar. When her kids were little she would bake them a batch of cookies and half of the batch of chocolate chip cookies would be gone by the time they got home from school.
She loved cheesecake and chocolate (she still likes chocolate, but now she gets the healthy kind). You can get to a point when you can't do without it.
What are some sugar addiction symptoms?
* You know you are a sugar addict if:
* You have your own private stash of candy, chocolate or g oodies
* You have to have a muffin or donut every day
* You go to a party and you are the first one at the dessert table, and you just can't wait until it comes
* You can't live without chocolate
* You need to have a sweet cereal every morning
There are some people who believe sugar addiction is akin to alcohol addiction. Rosalie has known people who have conquered their alcohol addiction only to become addicted to sugar. Really they are both carbohydrates- it's a carbohydrate addiction.
A general test for any type of addiction is, if you can't live without it, you are probably addicted.
What are some health problems associated with sugar addiction?
Sugar addicts can have a variety of health problems can include hypoglycemia, which is a low blood sugar health issue. What happens is you eat the sugar which gives you a hit to the brain, which influences a nerve transmitter serotonin and makes you feel really good. That's why people reach for something sweet, because it gives them a hit to their pleasure centre in their brain. The problem is that when you reach for a simple sugar like a candy, you only get that "high" for a short time and then you start to crash. By half an hour you may not be feeling so good and 2 hours later you may feel like you need another sugar hit.