Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

Posts Tagged ‘sugar’

Why Isn’t My Diet Affecting My Cholesterol?

I have a good friend who was told that his cholesterol was high. He decided to try to avoid medications and approach the problem from a dietary viewpoint. He removed ALL sugars from his diet, including natural sugars such as honey, agave and maple syrup and ate a very healthy diet. He returned to the doctor 3 months later and his cholesterol had gone down a very disappointing 10 points.  He was upset, discouraged and very frustrated telling me this story but, as I shared with him, there is more to the story than just blood sugar and a healthy diet…

You Can’t Work Your Donut Off

“If I eat less and work out more, I’ll lose weight.”

I used to believe that too. And then I realized that it was not working for me. I looked around the gym that I was at more often than I was home and realized that that was not working for a lot of people. And then, I learned the truth.Contrary to popular belief, calories in does NOT equal calories out.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you just can’t exercise that donut away.

Hidden Sugars!

Many of us recognize that sugar in our diets comes from sweets – candy, cookies, cakes, and ice cream. What we do not realize is that it also comes from things made with wheat flour. These are things many of us consume every day without thinking twice about it. Things like bread, pasta, croissants, and muffins. Many of us use sugar to jumpstart our day by consuming a muffin, toast, or croissant and pairing it with a sugar-filled coffee drink.

Are You a Sugar Addict?

So many of us joke about our sugar addiction but it is not a laughing matter. Sugar addiction is a very real thing and detrimental to our physical and emotional health. It is reported that it is the most common addiction in present day history. More common than marijuana and coffee. According to the American Health Association, the average adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day and, even more shocking, the average child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. That converts to more than 135 pounds of sugar per year per person!

What Makes Sugar Addictive:

  • Even though we want to stop consuming it, we have a compulsive need to do so.
  • Sugar, like other addictive drugs, requires more and more of the same substance to cause the same feelings.
  • It affects neurotransmitters in the brain in the same way that street drugs such as cocaine.
  • If the substance is removed, the person has withdrawal symptoms. In the case of sugar, those symptoms may be headache, nausea, insomnia, moodiness, nervousness, anxiety, as well as other symptoms.

Are You a Sugar Addict?

The average child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. That is the equivalent of 2/3 of a cup of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3-8 teaspoon of sugar for a child per day. Just for comparison, the average adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day and the American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women.

Sugar is an addictive substance.