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Sugar Addiction?

High-sugar, high-glycemic foods are addictive in the same way that cocaine and heroin are addictive. Foods that spike blood sugar biologically stimulate the addiction center of the brain, independent of calories or nutrient content. Food addiction is real and is biochemical. Craving a food when you are not hungry is a signal of addiction.

To prevent or reduce sugar spikes: Eat sweet foods with fat, protein or fiber to slow the sugar absorption into your blood. Avoid highly sweetened liquids. Avoid artificial sweeteners which not only create cravings for the sweet taste – but as a “bonus”, dysregulate your gut flora! Some people are reactive to the “sugar alcohols” like erythritol and sorbitol.

The natural sweetness of fruit (with its own stock of fiber, protein and oils), raw honey (with immune factors), maple syrup (with minerals) and true stevia (not to be confused with derivatives like Truvia) are healthier options to consider.