There are a few things that we commonly associate with addiction, but sugar is not usually one of them. However, sugar is in fact even more addicting than cocaine, and it’s rapidly becoming one of the most common addictions in America. What does this mean for us? When you feel like you need some post-dinner sweets, those cravings you’re having may be more than what they seem, and acting on them too often can lead to health issues like weight gain, liver damage, and metabolic dysfunction.
While this news about sugar addiction is a bit of a downer, we have some good news for you, too! We know you love superfoods, so why not use them to better your health in every possible way? Most people don’t know this, but it’s actually possible to use superfoods to beat your sugar addiction - and we’re here to tell you how.
One of the best ways to kick a sugar addiction is to curb your appetite - because if you’re not in the mood for any food, you’re less likely to reach for the chocolate bar. Our favorite superfoods that are quick to satisfy hunger are spirulina and chia seeds. Spirulina not only keeps you fuller longer, but it’s loaded with vitamins like B12 to help give you more energy. Plus, mixing chia seeds with water forms a gel-like substance which helps you absorb sugar more slowly.
Every noticed how satisfied you feel after a juicy steak? Not all fats are bad, and foods like avocados are filled with healthy fats to keep you feeling full. Plus, coconut contains a special kind of fat called medium-chain-triglyceride that processes super quickly in your liver for a quick burst of energy, which keeps you from feeling hungry.
Finally, while we recommend trying some of the above tips for managing sugar addiction, if you really can’t stop thinking about candy, try adding some coconut palm sugar into your coffee, tea, cereal, baked goods, and even sauces. Adding just a little bit of this wholesome sugar is enough to satisfy your craving and keep you in good spirits!
Keep in mind that sugar cravings can actually be indicators of blood sugar fluctuations, which are associated with hormones, so if you find yourself with an unquenchable desire for something sweet, you may want to consult a physician.