Sweet, fancy food

24 Aug

Most people are naturally attracted toward sweet tastes. This worked well for our early ancestors, as most fruits, nuts, roots, grains and leaves that are sweet are not poisonous.
Modern food processing has discovered how to extract the sweetness from many foods while discarding the remainder – often the most nutritious part. The taste of sweet foods is often cultivated in childhood.
Sweet things are used as a reward, a special treat, or as an emotional pick me up.
More than half of the calories eaten by Australians now come from refined carbohydrates and sugars. Breads, breakfast cereals, sugars, jams, sweets, pastries, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit juices, pasta and white rice are all examples of unnatural foods that quickly raise your blood glucose level to unhealthy highs.
These refined flours and high sugar foods and drinks are a food source that our digestive systems cannot cope with. No naturally occurring foods have such high concentrations of fast-releasing sugars that make your blood glucose level rocket.
In the minutes after such a meal, you will feel good as your blood glucose level rises and you feel energised. Most people get this feeling after drinking a can of soft drink, eating a chocolate bar, bread or other high GI food. Soon after, hunger pains, low energy, and negative moods such as irritation and anxiety can set in. In the long-term, the consequences of these foods are disastrous – obesity, diabetes and a host of other modern degenerative diseases.
High sugar foods cause high insulin levels in your body. High insulin levels cause addictive eating (and obesity).
You can break the habit by avoiding concentrated sweetness in the form of sugar, sweets, cakes and pastries, ice cream, soft drinks, dried fruits, desserts and any food with added sugar or HIPS (high fructose corn syrup). De-program yourself back to healthier tastes.
It can take 12-18 months to recover from a sugar addiction. At this point you are no longer attracted to sweet snacks at the end of a meal.

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