"Sugar does induce the same responses in the region of the brain known as the “reward center”—technically, the nucleus accumbens—as do nicotine, cocaine, heroin, and alcohol." - Gary Taubes, The Case Against Sugar
When do you crave sugar? During an afternoon slump? Dessert after a great meal? Late-night binging? If you answer yes to any (or all!) of these, you're not alone.
Sugar has become ingrained in our diet. The sweet stuff is a ubiquitous source of calories in the Western diet, even though experts agree that sugar is a major contributor to many major diseases.
In fact, it's the daily consumption of sugar that is literally destroying our health. Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician who sits on the board of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, says sugar-sweetened beverages, along with cakes, cookies, and ice cream, are some of the major offenders, but hidden sources of added sugars are also a concern. He states, “What happens is that Americans are having dessert several times a day and don’t know it."
Reducing sugar can be tricky, as they're more than fifty ingredient names that are code for "sugar".
As you work to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, be sure to check for these hidden sugars!
Required disclaimer: *Information regarding historical use of herbs and aromatic plants is for informational purposes only and is not based on modern science, nor should this information be construed as expected results from use.
Cinnamon was used throughout history to help balance blood sugar levels. In recent times it's been found to help alleviate sugar cravings as well.
When your blood sugar levels are unstable, you may find yourself overeating and gaining weight. Combine this with the fact that when your energy levels are low it's difficult to exercise and burn calories, and you wind up with some extra stubborn weight.
Using cinnamon oil can help you overcome these issues that are standing in your way! Check out this study on the effects of cinnamon on glucose levels!
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