A sugar addiction isn’t always obvious. You may not be eating Tim Tams by the packet or guzzling cans of soft drink, but be wary as that doesn’t mean sugar is absent from your diet!
Most of us are likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realising it. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. A high-sugar diet increases your odds of tooth decay, heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain.1
QUIZ: Do you have a sugar addiction?
Think you might be a sugar addict but not sure where to start? We’ve included a short quiz below to help you identify what type of foods might be a trigger for you. Simply answer yes or no to the following:
- If you reach for a salty snack, is the bag empty before you know it?
- Are you able to skip dessert, but the bread basket and the pasta platter is empty?
- Can you control your food intake during meals but have trouble when you start to snack, especially on chips, crackers and other similar snacks?
- When you want to lose weight, is it easier to skip meals altogether rather than just eat smaller ones?
- Do you find that you are tired all the time? Are there things you’d love to do but just don’t have the energy for?
- Once you’ve had “just a taste” of bread, muffins, crackers, pasta, or rice, do you go back for a second (or third) helping?
- Do you spend the day on a roller coaster of snacking highs and lows, hitting the doughnuts in the morning, the vending machine chips or lollies in the afternoon, and the ice cream at night?
- Do you eat healthy around other people but can’t control it when you’re alone?
- Did you answer yes to two or more odd-numbered questions? Then your food addiction likely lies with sweets or salty snacks—cookies, chips, cakes—that have been carefully engineered by food scientists to keep you eating and eating and eating.
- If you answered yes to two or more even-numbered questions, you are highly susceptible to the addictive powers of white flour (which acts like a sugar during digestion).
- Lastly, if you answered yes to two or more odd- and even-numbered questions (at least four total questions), you are highly susceptible to food addiction, period.
How to stamp out sugar
These four tips can help anyone cut down on sugar intake:
Want to see some more everyday health tips you can incorporate into your day? Check out our article: 8 easy everyday health tips
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