The conventional thought is that we overeat sugar out of habit, rather than addiction. In most cases, I agree. However I feel there are people, many people actually, who are absolutely addicted to sugar. At the same time, I think the term is often overused and misapplied. Comparisons between sugar and hard drugs are inappropriate and offensive to those who have battled drug addiction. Furthermore, labeling someone as an addict can make them feel powerless, as if they need inpatient rehab and a 12 step program to stop eating jelly beans. Added sugar is arguably the most unhealthy substance in our diet, likely responsible for more deaths than drugs and alcohol, but it’s important not vilify it to the point where savoring a slice of birthday cake is equivalent to shooting heroin.
It is estimated 8-11% of people meet the criteria for food addiction. Almost everyone can claim a sweet tooth.
1. Eat healthy and delicious foods. The more you eat nutritious, real food, the more you will crave nutritious, real food. If you find pleasure eating healthy foods, you’re less likely to look to sweets.
- 2 large ripe avocados or 3 small
- ⅔ cup dark cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup water
- Pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Scoop into popsicle molds, cover and freeze for at least 5 hours until solid. Before serving, run popsicle mold under hot water to loosen. Remove from mold and dust with coconut. Enjoy.