None of us are shocked to hear that sugar is bad for us, so why don’t we stop eating sugar? The internet is littered with articles informing us about the dangers of sugar where varied authors attempt to explain, unpack, and certainly warn us how this delectable temptress is disguised in every imaginable way. Yet when we look around our communities, people are still lining up to mainline the stuff! What is going on?
Breaking Bad; The sugar addition
Sugar is becoming known as the sweet poison where the majority of us are ‘hooked’ and unaware of how to get out of the addictive cycle. If the truth be known, we are trapped in a culture where we have an abundance of food around us at any given point, yet it’s the wrong kind of food. Compared to cocaine, and accused of having the same detrimental effects, this sweet little devil is getting away with sinful behavior.
How do we become a sugar free community when consumers of all ages continue to push around shopping carts overflowing with artificial, high fructose induced items; streams of cars continually crawl through the McDonald’s drive through on a regular basis while bags of processed items are being handed out to a chubby arm from a driver’s side window – only to be handed back to an even chubbier set of arms in the back seat.
It is nearly impossible to kick the habit when every restaurant or quick-stop gas station/convenience store across America continues to provide soda fountains flowing with syrupy temptations and line their shelves with a rainbow of artificial, chemically designed, pretty-wrapped packages that smile up at us while we stand in the thick recycled air filled with rotisserie hot-dogs and burritos or warm baked pastries. Tempted? You bet!
Food-Like Consumption: Calories vs nutrition
Why are we a diet-crazed culture? Because these 'food like' products are making us hungry for change. While we consume sugar or products that are transformed into sugar the minute they enter our bloodstream, we continue to become a nation of obese and unhealthy creatures. Our 'food like' products have become substitutes for food; they are high in calories, low in nutrients and sadly, we have all come to accept them as food – yet they are not.
Certainly, consumers must be responsible to make healthy choices, but are we the only ones at fault? When the multi-billion dollar Tobacco industry used American's as guinea pigs to introduce high amounts of nicotine into the public for mass consumption, we finally got around to holding them accountable - especially when it put our children in danger. Is there any difference in stopping our food industry from taking responsibility for the early onset of diabetes in our children and young adults?
Most of us understand what is happening in our society and yet we are not taking the sugar epidemic seriously. One reason is that it might be difficult to wrap our minds around the concept that sugar addiction is real. Furthermore, how do you fight an addiction that is not only every-where in our society, but necessary for daily survival? Much like the tobacco industry being forced to reinvent its marketing ploys due to addiction epidemics, so must we force the hands of our multi-billion dollar food industry.
It is important to reprogram ourselves and teach the upcoming generations to identify between ‘food like products’ and nourishing food because we live in a society abundant in calories but scarce in nutrition. While other links are provided for suggested ways to address this complicated issue, there is actually only one change you need to make in order to begin the process of kicking the deadly sugar habit. And do not take it lightly; we are, in fact, killing ourselves with our food.
The Golden Rule; How to avoid sugar addiction
We know there are no quick fixes when it comes to changing behavior. However, the golden rule of avoiding sugar shock: if it grows from the ground or had a pulse at one time, man has not added unnatural sweeteners. Everything else requires some attention before putting it into your body.