When I thought about writing this article, I did my due diligence by reviewing the scientific literature as well as doing a simple google search on the “common myths about sugar”. While I shouldn’t have been surprised, the answers that populated my google search made me all but abandon hope.
What I read had so much potential for harm, and went in opposition to everything that I’ve learned through my work as a Registered Nurse, a Nutritionist, a Sugar Addiction Recovery coach and as an informed person with common sense (rarer than you’d think these days).
Despite cringing at what the search revealed, I pushed forth, and read through the articles, because I wanted to make sure that I understand both sides of the story, especially when writing about something like sugar consumption, that has become so unbelievably controversial.
If there was a sugar addiction test, would you test positive?
The term sugar addiction is often thrown around quite casually these days. I’ve heard many people state, often with a hint of shame or embarrassment, that they are “chocoholics” or that they have a “serious sweet tooth”. They then make a joke about it and attempt to shrug it off.
I’ve heard others comment, in a somewhat inquiring manner “Well, isn’t everyone a little addicted to sugar?”
Well, simply put, the answer is no.
Did you know that for most people who become addicted to sugar, it begins during childhood?
Experts in the field of sugar addiction, like Bitten Jonsson, believe that sugar is actually the “gateway drug” that ignites addiction in our brain. The Gateway Hypothesis suggests the use of some drugs (i.e., gateway drugs) increases the subsequent risk of using other drugs [1, 2].
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