A craving for sugar may be something that should concern you. Science and the media, quick to instill the same old belief that sugar is sugar is sugar, has many of us running from the healing benefits of real foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

The difference between the sugar that comes naturally from a banana and processed sugar in the form of a package of twizzlers bears no resemblance.

I feel when sugary treats are so readily available, we are addicted and hardwired by the chemicals and additives.

Processed sugars may also be feeding on pathogens or bacteria in your body. The craving may be coming for the need to keep feeding…and growing.

There was a time when sugarcane came to America. It was so widespread and exciting that we packed it into everything we could. Companies then started to manufacture cereals, colas, and snacks. Then it wasn’t enough to get our sugar naturally, so we processed the sugar from corn in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

Fact is real fruit feeds our cells. Processed sugars or refined sugars are quick to get into our bloodstreams, raise blood sugars levels, and creates fat storages that will eventually clog up arteries in the form of cholesterol. Think of the high addicting drugs deliver. Sugar, in the form of processed sugars, gives pleasure in larger, rapid doses. The more we eat, the more we want. Let’s say you ate a bag of potato chips. Who hasn’t? How many of us are still hungry or sick to our stomachs afterward? Now try eating the same 4-5 potatoes it takes to make a big bag of chips. That’s a lot of food. Instead of frying them in cheap hydrogenated oil and drowning them in salt, additives and preservatives try roasting two (Russet potatoes cut similar to steak fries) with a little oil and fresh herbs. You will be full, satiated, and ultimately reaping the benefits of proper nutrition and healing foods for hours.

Now think about that 1/2 pound of gummy bears you mindlessly inhaled watching a movie. I could eat more, couldn't you? I use to feel that way, but after the damage the sugar did to my intestinal lining and the food intolerances I developed over the years, thinking I had it all figured out, I changed my mindset. Do you feel the same way after eating a nutritious piece of fruit loaded with fiber, nutrients, and sustenance? If the number of bananas, mango, papayas, and berries I eat in a week were sugar is sugar is sugar, my A1C and insulin would be through the roof. Throw in the extra weight in the form of inflammation, bloating, gas, constipation, and overall shame I feel every time I let that craving get out of control.

The continual process of sugar addiction is tricking the brain into thinking it is starving because you are not physically nourishing your body. Cravings come from many warning signs your body is trying to give you. Most likely, a lack of nutrients. In the same way, an addict needs more pleasurable drugs; a sugar addict never truly nourishes their bodies. Pathogens and bacteria love processed, inflammatory foods. If you keep this feeding frenzy going, chronic illness, diabetes, heart disease, and expanding waistlines are your future. Educate yourself and break the vicious cycle.

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