There’s little doubt in my mind that industrial sugar is poison.
Granted, we need a certain amount of sugar to power our bodies, but it’s really very small compared to our daily intake.
The problem is that we eat a lot of processed foods nowadays and these contain a huge amount of sugar. If you start looking at the composition of what you are eating, I guarantee you will be truly shocked. Often, an apparently savoury product contains as much sugar as you might expect in a sweet one.
Sugar is highly addictive. Like any addiction, you need more of it as you go along in order to get your fix. Any company that has enough money to advertise on TV will run extensive testing before putting their product on the market. As people become increasingly addicted to sugar, the version with more sugar tends to be the most popular in testing and that become the definitive product ending up on the supermarket shelves. It’s a vicious circle.
What to do?
Ultimately, we need to re-educate our taste buds. We need to get back to a state where we can actually recognize the taste of sugar. We’re so used to it that we don’t even really taste it any more. And that’s the problem.
So how can we step back from sugar?
Here is a small suggestion.
Drink a glass of water with a little lemon juice in it every day.
It’s particularly effective first thing in the morning or last thing at night before going to bed. I personally have a glass of lemon water on my bedside table at night.
If you’re a sugar baby, you probably won’t like it to begin with, so you are going to need a little will power. But persevere.
As the days and weeks go by, try to increase the dose of lemon in the water so you really get a good strong taste of lemon. And try to drink more water instead of Coke or other sweet drinks!
If you can’t justify this course of action on a taste basis, then be aware that lemon juice exerts a number of valuable effects on the body.
It’s a great source of vitamin C, of course, but it’s also a formidable digestive, helping you to reduce acidity and reflux after meals. For those of you with heart problems, it also acts as a blood thinner. Fresh lemon is obviously best, but if you can’t be bothered to squeeze a lemon, you can buy flasks or bottles of pure lemon juice at the supermarket and use that.
As time goes on and you become used to the taste of lemon, you will find that your perception of the taste of food in general will gradually change. You will learn to identify the taste of sugar. You will start to enjoy the taste of real food. And you will start to wonder why so many products are so sweet.
You will end up by realizing that the taste of sugar is perhaps not really so pleasing after all.
Have a great week.