How much sugar would you estimate that you consume each week? If you're like the average consumer in the nation, you consume a staggering two pounds of sugar weekly. But as Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed on his October 24 talk show, he has a solution: End your sugar addiction by treating yourself to naturally sugar-free treats.
Do you feel baffled by your lack of control over sugar? There's a physical reason, says Dr. Oz. Eating sugar results in the release of dopamine, which makes your brain crave more of that pleasurable sensation. A recent study, in fact, showed that Oreo cookies are more additive than cocaine: Read all about it by clicking here.
In addition to weight gain, Dr. Oz warns that sugar is linked to cancer, heart disease and even kidney damage. To kick the habit, try these tips from Dr. Oz:
- You've heard that you should eat fruit instead of desserts? The problem: You might miss the extra-sweet flavor that desserts provide. Dr. Oz suggests cooking fruit to bring out the natural sweetness. Add a dash of cinnamon for extra flavor and to balance your blood sugar.
- Go nuts. Dr. Oz suggests using peanut butter and unsweetened cacao nibs for a nifty treat. The fat in the nuts will satisfy you, while the cacao nibs will fulfill your chocolate cravings. See the recipe below.
- Chromium can help your blood sugar stay stable. Dr. Oz suggests taking 200 mcg once daily before a meal.
Cacao Peanut Butter Truffles Ingredients
- 1 jar natural peanut butter
- 1 (6- or 8-oz) bag cacao nibs
Directions: Mix together peanut butter and cacao nibs (about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter to 1/2 teaspoon of cacao nibs, or to your taste preference) and roll them into bite-sized truffle balls. Pop them in the freezer to set them. Enjoy! Our tip: Allergic to peanuts? If you buy a large bag of cacao nibs, such as Navitas Naturals (click for details), you can make frozen chocolate banana treats. Just slice bananas in thin chunks, roll in nibs and freeze on aluminum foil.