Did you know that sugar is 8 times as addictive as cocaine? Think about that for a moment. The sweetener you add to your morning coffee or tea is more addicting than Booger Sugar also known as (aka) Cocaine. Scientists have determined that sugar lights up the brain like a Christmas tree, it’s also the same part that cocaine is stimulated by.
Scary isn’t it? Something we love and eat daily is worse for us than illegal drugs!
Soda is one of the worst culprits when it comes to sugar. Which has more sugar Coke or Mountain Dew? Both are bad, especially when you drink more than 1 bottle a day.
- A 20 ounce Coke has 65 grams of sugar and a 20 ounce Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar per bottle.
- The average male should consume just 38 grams of sugar a day. The average female just 25 grams a day.
- One bottle of soda has more sugar than we should consume in 2 days time.
- If you drink 1 soda per day for 1 year, it’s the equivalent of consuming 50 pounds of sugar in a years time. According to the NYC Health Department.
Give up Soda!
I for one have cut out all sodas from my diet. In the first few months it was hard to do, but over time it got easier and easier. Now the only time I might have a sip of soda is when I have an upset stomach and I have a glass of Ginger Ale to calm it down.
One of the big benefits to cutting out soda at least for me was I lost weight. I really didn’t need to lose any weight but I did lose a few pounds and could fit into jeans I hadn’t been able to wear in a few years. This made me happy, not only did I save money from cutting soda out of my diet. But, I also didn’t have to buy new jeans. I could wear my old jeans. This really excited the frugal side of me!
Blogs of Inspiration!
A few of the websites/blogs I follow for tips and ideas on giving up sugar are: I Quit Sugar. This blog was one of the first I followed in my quest to give up sugar. There are plenty of posts on the dangers of sugar as well as ideas and recipes for foods to try that can help you transition out of your sugar addiction.
Another great website for inspiration on giving up sugar that really inspired me was Kate Quit Sugar. Both of these blogs are chocked full of articles on how to give up sugar. They even have programs you can follow to give up the white stuff. I suggest checking them out.
Finally, sugar is not bad for us if consumed in minimal quantities. The problem is most people cannot help themselves when it comes to the magical white fairy dust. It is tasty and addicting. I love it, you love it, we all love it! We just need to find ways to eat less sugar and curb our cravings.
Have you given up sugar? What are your tricks and secrets for giving it up? Please leave a comment below on how you quit sugar. We can all learn from others ideas.