Taking on Refined Sugar

I absolutely love that so many people have been talking about sugar lately. The more voices speaking out against the powdery white poison, the louder and clearer the message to the world that it is so very destructive. For years I’ve been saying that refined sugar is so addictive and harmful that it should be illegal! I call it the “white poison”. Yes, it really is that bad! The scariest part? It’s everywhere! Even places you wouldn’t expect to find it. Taking on refined sugar has been a passion of mine for years. I’ve read countless books and studies on it, written pages upon pages about it in my books, and often speak about its dangers at events and conferences. They say knowledge is power, so I arm myself with as much information as possible to take on this nutritionally-devoid bad boy and share with others what I know to be a fact: this addictive food substance wreaks havoc on your body.

To those who have successfully cut refined sugar from their lives: way to go! That is a major achievement to be proud about - it can be just as hard to quit as cigarettes. To anyone who is thinking of quitting sugar: make today is the day you jump off the ledge! Removing added, refined sugars from your kitchen and diet is one of the very best decisions you can make for your health. Be sure to visit the tools page for a cheat sheet on beating sugar cravings too!

Before I end this post, I will leave you with three fast facts about sugar that you need to know:

1. Avoid all fake sugars like aspartame, acelsulfane, saccharin, sucralose, and so on. They are loaded with chemicals and just as bad as white sugar.

2. Sugar substitutes like honey, maple syrup, stevia, yacon, Sucanat and others I occasionally use and refer to are good options that contain more nutrients than the white stuff, but they should be consumed in moderation.

3. Sugar is in all processed foods. There are many names for it – corn syrup, glucose, fructose, cane sugar, and rice syrup for example – so always read labels carefully!

Now that we’ve covered that refined sugar is highly addictive, dangerously lacking in nutrients and lurking in so many products, will you join me and strike refined sugar from your diet? Let’s get the sugar-free discussion going!

Tell me most shocking thing you’ve learned about sugar. What is the one sugary treat you have the most trouble saying NO to? Ice cream used to be one of my hidden foods. Are you a recovered sugar addict? What do you reach for instead now when you’re craving a sweet snack? Fruit? Greek yogurt with berries? Share your sugar stories with me in the comments section below, at the Kitchen Table, or on Twitter or Facebook!

Remember, I’m always listening! Tosca

PS. Oh, by the way …. Watch for my June 2014 Blood Sugar Challenge Month. You won’t want to miss what’s going to happen next!