This country is addicted to sugar. It is alarming to learn that sugar addiction is the most prevailing eating disorder, causing numerous health issues (think diabetes!). Most people eating a SAD (Standard American Diet) are purchasing products that contain unscrupulously hidden sugar. Oh yes, every single marketing campaign and advertising ploys used by the big businesses to get you to purchase and consume sugar is cleverly persistent and calculating. You think you are not consuming sugar when you purchase a product that claims to be "sugar-free"? Think again.
The attempts in these marketing campaigns and advertising ploys make the sugar products seem harmless and it goes as far as making us believe it's healthy because it comes from a natural plant source (it takes very little research to find plants in nature that are extremely toxic to humans - simply because it comes from a natural plant source, doesn't mean it's good for you and it certainly doesn't mean you should consume it on a daily basis!)
Your brain does not know the difference between the sugar that comes from a plant or the sugar that comes from a bowl of rocky road ice cream! All it knows is that it sends signals that it wants more sugar (in any form) and that you cave in to the addiction by consuming sugar (in any form). Hence, the ugly cycle of addiction continues. Sugar is sugar no matter what form it takes or claims it makes.
The only way to rid yourself of these cravings, is to rid yourself of the sugar for an extended period of time (yes, prepare for that period of time to be hellish if you have a daily addiction - but the rewards are SWEET!)
Below is a comprehensive list of sugar that may not be obvious to you. Be smart and kind to yourself, read labels and avoid all forms of sugar.
Sugar (brown, brown sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, confectioner’s sugar, etc.)
Syrup (high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, refiner’s syrup, rice syrup, etc.)
•(Evaporated) Cane juice
•Rice Malt (extract)
Artificial (Non-Nutritive) Sweeteners
•Sweet ‘n Low
•Hydrogenated Starch Hydrosylate (HSH)
List courtesy of Whole9