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Sugar addiction is a difficult topic to tackle. Is every ‘sweet tooth’ addiction? Should we avoid sugar at all costs? How do you even know if you are an addict? Can you be addicted to an ingredient of almost everything you eat and that is even found in nature?

In 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin tried to answer the question: When is a food a food and when is it a poison? His working definition of “poison” was: “Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease”

Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. “(when sugar cane has been refined) what is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present (and the refining process has removed them all). Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant”

Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” calories; It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.

In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/sugar-problem/refined-sugar-the-sweetest-poison-of-all

It is estimated that sugar consumption has increased by 30% in the last 3 decades, and that’s in line with portion sizes too (just think of your popcorn and coldrink at the movies…) and our mouths are demanding it sweeter than ever before. Sugar makes us need and want more sugar and sugar addiction is very real.

The trick, of course, is not to substitute with artificial sweeteners- your taste buds can’t tell the difference; to your mouth all sweet is equal. We need to teach ourselves to need it less sweet by gradually reducing the amount of sugar we eat and add to other food. As an addict, it’s self-defeating to keep buying sweets and biscuits and then trying to resist – resistance is futile and failure results in all forms of self-hatred that is so weakening it sends us rushing to comfort eat….