About two years ago, I read a Facebook post by a guy I followed and whose opinion I valued. He made a statement that sugar addiction is nothing but a fraud, and that sugar is sugar is sugar, no matter where that sugar comes from. I was amazed at his words, and I was determined to believe him. I wanted him to be right about this, because it would mean that I wasn't really an addict. So I asked the guy a few questions. I wanted to know more about what he said and why he said it, which unfortunately led to him very rudely telling me that if I questioned his authority, I may want to unfollow him. Of course, I did. If you ask me to leave, who am I to stay?
In the meantime, I've done a lot of research, read countless articles online and on paper. I've had a number of conversations with nutrition professionals, and an overwhelming amount of people confirmed that I wasn't off in my belief, that sugar addiction actually does exist.
All science talk aside (for scientific research, please google sugar addiction, and you will be offered 9 million results!), I have first hand experience in this department! I am a huge skeptic (thanks, husband) and I want to see evidence for claims. But in this case, all I need to do is take long, hard look at myself.
Hello, my name is Ute, and I am a sugar addict. I come from the country of Milka chocolate, bordering the country of Lindt chocolate. I grew up on some of the best chocolate the world has seen. Milk chocolate, that is. Not dark, 86% chocolate. I'm talking about the sweet, creamy stuff, that melts in your mouth. I grew up on bread with butter and sugar sprinkled on top. I grew up on Nutella! I have a sweet tooth that has caused me nothing but trouble.
Biologically speaking, sugar and sugar may be the same, but the truth still remains, that a homemade brownie with raw honey as an ingredient and a bar of German chocolate do not have the same effect on me. Once I crack open a Milka bar, I have to eat the whole thing. I can't help it!
A small square of my brownies, however, will do just fine as a snack with my afternoon tea. I don't need more. I don't need more than one apple, one handful of blueberries, one orange. All of these fruits also contain sugar.
The difference is, my body recognizes real food as food! It doesn't recognize refined, white sugar as food. It sees it as a drug.
I am not proud of this addiction. I hate hiding the wrappers of chocolate bars from my family, because I am ashamed that I ate the whole thing in one sitting. The sad truth is, that I cannot eat any sugar at all. Once I open that door, I will lose all control. Alcohol addiction is real. Tobacco addiction is real. And sugar addiction is, too.
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