No added sugars, no artificial sweeteners, no fake sugars, no honey, no agave, no syrup, no joy.
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Hi! I’m Arielle, and I’m addicted to sugar.
I honestly wish the above statement were a joke, but it’s not. For me, sugar IS a drug. When faced with my food demon, it’s as if I lose all control and rationality and can only focus on eating a cookie, or brownie, a chocolate babka from Bread’s Bakery (pictured above), or whatever sugar vessel is on my mind.
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- You too are interested in a sugar detox and want to know if it really helps with weight management, increased energy, fewer cravings, improved skin, etc.
- You don’t understand how a human can do such a thing, so you’re curious to see how intense this form of self-torture is.
First, here’s the lowdown on added sugar and why consuming beyond the recommended daily limit might not be the best.
I think many people associate sugar with cookies and cakes and whatnot, but what people might not realize is sugar is hidden in 74% of packaged foods. This includes breads, pasta sauces, dressings, etc.
Added sugars contribute to a higher risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Women are advised by the American Heart Association to consume a max of 24 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugar per day. Do you know how much sugar is in one 12-ounce can of Coke? Ten teaspoons. TEN! This is beyond the daily recommended limit — and it’s just a drink. If you’ve never calculated the amount of added sugar you consume in one day, you should try it. The results might surprise you. If you’re interested in learning how to cut down your sugar intake, click here.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed / Via Source: sugarscience.ucsf.edu