Can the Dentist Pull My Sweet Tooth?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This little kid must have a fantastic set of sweet teeth and yet he's still smiling!!!

Turns out a sweet tooth is genetic ~ what a shock. Take that you crunchy, salty friends.

We are eating more sugar than ever. We eat 140 pounds of sugar a year, but 10,000 yrs. ago we ate 22 teaspoons a year. Sugar isn't just empty calories...not be a long shot. It is a secret agent that works against your weight loss in a number of different ways (so pay attention, there will be a quiz)

Sugar puts you on a blood sugar roller coaster, where your hunger spikes and crashes.
Sugar disrupts your insulin metabolism.
Sugar raises your stress hormones, which raises the set point to burn off fat.

Sugar feeds yeast, which contributes to yeast overgrowth and sugar craving.
Sugar feeds bad bacteria, which cause your body to extract more calories from the food you eat, store them as fat and create digestive problems including gas and bloating (great!)

Sugar dampens your immune system, which sets you up for more food intolerance.
Sugar makes you better at storing fat (finally something I'm good at)
Sugar creates more cravings: when you eat sweet, you crave sweet.
Sugar depletes nutrients.

So where does all this sugar hide? I know you aren't going head first into the sugar bowel.
Bear with me while I lay out these sneaky ways sugar creeps in. This will have you reading the labels like a hawk.

Barley malt
Beet sugar
Blackstrap molasses
Brown sugar
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Carob syrup
Castor sugar
Confectioner's sugar
Corn sweeteners (a whole other blog)
Corn syrup
Date sugar

Demerara sugar
Diastatic malt
Evaporated cane jouce
Fruit juice concentrate
High-frutose corn syrup
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Raw sugar
Rice syrup
Turbinado sugar

And don't think you can skate by with raisins, I mean after all it's fruit, isn't it? Guess again.

Stress also makes you crave sugar . That's because stress lowers serotonin, the feel-good chemical that helps you fight depression, sleep well, avoid headaches and generally experience optimism, self-confidence and strong self-estseem. It also lowers dopamine, the pleasure chemical that accompanies excitement.

So when you are under stress, you crave both sugar ( to replenish your serotonin) and overall calories (to rev up your dopamine) As a result, stress sets you off on a blood sugar roller coaster. Sweets beget sweets. That's why you can never have "just one" of any sugar.

But your body is very smart so it tries very hard to keep the blood sugar stable. Often it's a losing battle. Your system may become so overloaded that you develop pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome).

And your heath care dollars are spent on diabetes which can not only empty your bank account but can also KILL YOU.

So for your sake and the sake of those you love, start looking for ways to sniff out sugar on all the labels. Say to yourself: Sweets are to taste, not to eat.

And it's not only you who have to worry about the effects of sugar. Think about how much sugar is in pet food. I had a dear cat who died from diabetes and I never saw him eat a brownie.

My next blog will discuss how corn is killing cows.

See you then! emoticon

(material for this blog came from "The Virgin Diet" and I recommend it to every one of you.)
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    There is a lot of data out there about sugar and you did another great job of making a fun blog. Of course, like all scientific findings, you can find conflicting information about anything. If we listen to our bodies, we would never over eat on sugar or anything. I have taken hard stands against refined sugars in the past and I don't find being legalistic about anything very helpful. (not that you are saying we should be.) I discovered years ago that if I eat sweets on an empty stomach that I will get a sugar headache. Even though it seems to be my truth, it is still based on some limiting belief stored in my subconscious memory. Tuning in to our inner wisdom and guidance will keep us on track. First we need to be aware of what we are creating and once we see that it does't serve us, we will be very willing to let it go. emoticon
    1949 days ago
  • SAMI199
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    I am so happy you blogged about this-I just finished with the last family holiday party & I am D-O-N-E. I know how crappy I feel when the Sugar Monster is awakened.I always learn something new from you & appreciate the time you put into sharing the 411 with us!

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    1956 days ago
    This is a great blog with a lot of great info. There are definitely things I've learned from reading this. I've always known sugar is the emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Thanks for the great information.
    1956 days ago
    I monitor my sugar intake very closely as I have hypoglycemia. Cut out the processed food and it really helps a lot.
    1956 days ago
    Wow! That one about raisins was the real shocker...I have a small box of those each day in my cereal! Isn't it awful though?! That sweet tooth and stress is what got me to gain my weight in the first place, along with fast food & chips! Life is so complicated sometimes...trying to do the right thing with our diets anymore is like trying to be Einstein or some scientist or physicist! Going to the grocery store now if you buy it in a box or can, you have to check everything! Because if we don't - yep we will be broke from all the hospital bills or be even worse DEAD too soon! So, we do need to buckle down and stop with the bad food!!! I feel It is ok once in awhile, but not daily! Sweets always make me crave is my downfall!! Thanks for the information, appreciate your help & all the hard work of getting this blog together! emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Sugar is bad and I have to really watch it.
    1957 days ago
    Sugar is a sneaky little thing and unfortunately it is my "drug" that I choose on a consistent basis. emoticon Will be trying even harder from now on. Thanks for all of the great info. emoticon
    1957 days ago
    i love your blogs ... they teach so much emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Great blog!! I recently started reading the label for sugar and I was amazed!!!! I even looked at raisins yesterday and was totally shocked! I'm going to have to change a few items on my eating plan!!! Thanks for the info!! You rock girlfriend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Great info Jessica I was amazed at all the negative side effects of sugar. Thankyou hun x
    1957 days ago
    Great info thanks
    1957 days ago
    interesting, very useful emoticon emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Great information!
    1957 days ago
    A lot of great information...thanks.
    1957 days ago
    I just know that I feel better when I lay off sugary things.
    1957 days ago
  • LAC936
    Geesh ... I'm a sugar addict and this is a wake up call
    My friend's husband has cancer and was told by the doctor cancer is fed by sugar and to avoid it at all costs.

    1957 days ago
    emoticon We just went out for lunch and our friend said what is on thismain dish that makes of mine that makes it tastes so good. We tasted it and of course it was sugar.. it was so sweet. No matter the name sweet is sweet. emoticon
    1957 days ago
    thanks for posting!
    1957 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Since I have a sweet tooth , I really was happy to get more info. Thanks for sharing this with us!! emoticon
    1957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2013 8:47:27 PM
    I appreciate all the very time consuming, & very hard work you but into this blog. The cold, hard facts are awsome & chilling. Thank you.
    1957 days ago
    Awesome blog post! If you find a dentist that will do that, let me know! haha!

    1957 days ago
    Great information! Being type 2 diabetic, label reading is totally important! Thanks for the heads up.
    1957 days ago
    awesome information! and just think of things we think are good for kids - like fruit rollups made from fruit right? and a bunch of other stuff too!
    1957 days ago
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