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Webster defines freedom as the quality of being free in choice or action; liberation from slavery or from the power of another; as the quality of independence, and being released from something onerous. Words have power. Ponder these words for a moment: heavy, extra-large, cumbersome, hungry. Conversely, consider these words: light, small, agile, satiated. Going sugar-free is not just about lightening the body by shedding excess weight. It is also about liberating the mind from addiction to sugar, a toxin [1].

In evaluating sugar consumption, it’s necessary to consider all of its many subtle forms not just the teaspoon or two of white powder from the sugar bowl. Sugar has over 60 different names. Some of these are familiar like the sugar (white, brown, yellow) found in deserts such as ice-cream, cakes, cookies, chocolate, and candies. Honey, syrups, and molasses are sugars as are wine, liquor, and beer. Carbohydrates like pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread are another form of sugar [2]. Common food additives like Fructose, Dextrose, Sucrose, and Corn Syrup are chemical forms of sugar. Sugar-freedom from added and artificial sugars, with a carbohydrate consciousness in making wise food choices, is the path to a healthier body and mind [3] and ultimately a better life.

It is said that money is the root of all evil. This is certainly true regarding the marketing and promoting of sugar in the average American or Western diet. Fake food (processed food) is designed to be cheaper and more “convenient” than the purchase and preparation of healthier real food (fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins). As the Washington Post[4] reports, the Sugar Association lobby campaigns to convince Americans and their government that sugar is good for the public despite clear scientific proof that sugar is responsible, or a contributing factor, for a whole sugar bowl full of unhealthy conditions including obesity, fatty liver, tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and dementia. As Damon Gameu [5] reveals in The Sugar Film, 80% of all foods sold in grocery stores contain added sugar in some form. If that’s the case, most consumers are placing sickness and an early death into the grocery cart along with their food.

In answering the question, “Why go sugar-free?” we can also ask “Why choose health and happiness over disease and distress?” Health and happiness are unquestionably connected. A study out of George Mason University [6] indicates that the degree to which a disease disrupts daily functioning is associated with reduced happiness. The obesity and depression [7] connection has long been established. Today, we are faced with a choice between sugar-freedom, with the promise of a sweet life, and sugar-addiction with its dark potential for disease. In the end, as the old saying goes, “If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.” Choose wisely.

References

[1] Evidence for sugar addiction: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2235907/

[2] America’s Deadly Sugar Addiction Has Reached Epidemic Levels: Many of us are eating dessert three times a day—and we don’t even know it. Healthline, 2016, Brian Krans on October 2016, https://www.healthline.com/health/sugar/americas-deadly-sugar-addiction#1

[3] What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain: The damage added sugar does to our bodies begins in our brains. April 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/neuronarrative/201204/what-eating-too-much-sugar-does-your-brain

[4] The Sugar Lobby’s Sour Tactic, Washington Post. 4/10/15 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-sugar-lobbys-sour-tactics/2015/04/10/9fb5b78a-dfa7-11e4-a1b8-2ed88bc190d2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.979995425a10

[5] Damon Gameu, The Sugar Film, https://thatsugarmovement.com/

[6] New study examines how health affects happiness, November 13, 2012, George Mason University, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121113122048.htm

[7] Luppino FS, Wit LM, Bouvy PF, et al. Overweight, obesity and depression. A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(3):220–229. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20194822

Live Simply, How our family kissed processed food goodbye by Kristin Marr https://livesimply.me/our-real-food-journey-part-2-how-our-family-kissed-processed-food-goodbye/

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