Are you addicted and not even know it? Sugar is a powerful drug-like substance.  In the film Hungry for Change they share how cocaine is the highly processed form of the leaves of the coca plant which has been traditionally used in a tea as a Nutraceutical.  Yet when highly refined it becomes an addictive substance which is a stimulant of the central nervous system as a serotonin–norepinephrine–dopamine reuptake inhibitor Sugar in its many forms is highly processed cane, corn, beets or other substance.  These “foods”  also can have an effect upon not only serotonin but also blood sugar and beta-endorphins. 

 Sugar can have a powerful lure over us with today’s markets full of processed foods.  All the 100 calorie snack packs, low-fat foods, donuts, pizzas, yogurts and more.  Sugar lurks in everything these days in many forms.   

Many names of sugars found on food labels. (Little Sugar Addicts, DesMaisons 2004)

In her book Little Sugar Addicts End the Mood swing, Meltdown, Tantrums, and Low Self-Esteem in Your Child Today (2004)Kathleen DesMaisons, PhDexplains sugar sensitivity, a term she defined:

Sugar sensitivity: a physical condition that include three key imbalances: a volatile blood sugar response to sugar and simple carbohydrates, low serotonin, and low beta-endorphin.  If you have an alcoholic, depressed, or overweight parent or grandparent, you may have inherited this biochemistry.  If you are sugar sensitive, what and when you eat makes a huge difference in how you feel and act.  A diet of erratic meals, high sugar and lots of refined carbohydrates will create havoc. 

Sadly in todays world many of us fall under this category.  The book give an outline as to how to recognize the sugars and refined carbohydrates in your diet and start to make simple changes to bring about balance for your health. 

 If you haven’t made many meals with fresh whole foods in them lately and you and/or your children suffer from any of the following:

  • feeling inadequate
  • having low self-esteem
  • feeling victimized
  • taking thins personally
  •  feeling that life is out of control
  •  feeling overwhelmed
  •  overacting to criticism
  •  living in a “twilight zone”                           Little Sugar Addicts, DesMaisons (2004)

 then this book will give you a step-by-step program for you and your whole family. 

Recognize that what you eat matters.  

Is Suger Toxic? Watch 60 minutes segment here.

Is sugar toxic?  Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Watch here