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Top 5 signs you are addicted to sugar

Sugar addiction may not be your fault.
Sugar addiction may not be your fault.

Americans are finally catching on that sugar, not fat, is what makes us fat. The average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year. Let's face it, sugar is in everything including sports drinks, breakfast cereal, sandwich bread, salad dressing, even vitamins. A person has to work very had to remove sugar from her diet because in the American food system, sugar is a very common ingredient.

You may think you are doing well by not eating candy, cookies, cake, brownies, ice cream, or pastries every day, but sugar is hidden in almost everything. Many people are addicted to sugar and don't even realize it. Some people are drinking coffee all day not for the caffeine, but for the sugar or the highly sweetened flavored creamer. Here are 5 signs that may indicate a sugar addiction:

1. You worry about cutting down on certain foods. (The afternoon candy bar or the late-evening cookies.)

2. You eat specific foods even when not hungry. Cravings have become too strong to ignore so you eat a doughnut or milkshake simply because of the addition to sugar.

3. You regularly feel sluggish, fatigued, or uncomfortable as a result of overeating. (Sometimes overeating foods you didn't even want.)

4. You suffer from health or social problems as a result of food issues but cannot change eating patterns despite many failed attempts. You want to stop eating junk, you simply can't.

5. You need more and more of the foods you crave to enjoy them. One doughnut isn't enough anymore, you need three.

If you think you are addicted to sugar, there are ways to break the addition. And don't beat yourself up about it. The American food system is much to blame for this problem. Check out Dr. Mark Hyman's resources for getting off the sugar and getting your life back.

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