Sugar and I have been in a tumultuous relationship for most of my life. As a child I would down cans of soda until I was in a sugar coma. I cringe at how many pounds of sugar I have likely consumed in my lifetime. The last time I had a can of soda was when I was fifteen because my dad told me that it decreased my endurance, so I quit to make the varsity track team.
However I still consumed massive amounts of sugar even though I was eating healthy with foods like yogurt, granola, and ketchup which have hidden sugars in the ingredient list.
When I counsel patients at Parsley Health to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diet, there is a collective groan. That because sugar is extremely addictive. More addictive than heroin. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it isn’t doing detriment to our bodies.
Over the years we have tried to replace sugar with things like high fructose corn syrup, agave, monk fruit, and stevia. Recently, stevia has become the sugar darling as a low calorie replacement that doesn’t cause spikes in insulin. It's become hard to find packaged natural health products that don't contain stevia, from drinks to cookies to energy bars.