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6 Truths About Sugar You May Not Know About

Think twice before giving in to that sugar craving.

1. Sugar itself is not the cause of sugar addiction. It's the pattern of avoiding and binging that causes the sudden cravings. Make it a habit to eat sugar in moderation, but don't deprive yourself either. It's all about discipline.

2. Sugar affects the cells in your brain. Eating too much of it may affect the part of your brain that controls how much food you eat. A study shows that even looking at pictures of sweets like a piece of cake can trigger the brain to crave for it. It was also concluded that women were more likely to get hooked on sweets.

3. Don't be fooled by artificial sweeteners. They may be low- or no-calorie sweeteners, but they also cause a hike in sugar craving. Fake sugars don't help break your taste for sweets. Moreover, "healthy sugars" like brown sugar and honey won't cut down your calories. They're basically the same as white sugar, except they contain slightly more nutrients.

4. It is possible to train your taste buds to enjoy other food other than sweets. Give it a shot by giving up one of your favorite sweets per week or reducing the amount of sugar in your coffee. After a while, you'll notice that you won't look for the sweet taste as much anymore.

5. Starch can equal sugar. Starchy foods like pasta, white bread, fries, and chips are complex carbs that the body breaks down into simple sugars.

6. The average American eats 285 calories worth of sugar on a daily basis. According to health experts, women should be eating no more than six teaspoons or 100 calories of sugar per day. Men on the other hand should get only nine teaspoons or 150 calories.

Source: WebMD

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