1. Can you walk past a sugary treat without taking one?
2. Do you have routines like always having pudding, or needing a piece of chocolate to relax in front of the television?
3. Are there times when you cannot go on without a sugar hit?
4. If you are forced to go without sugar for 24 hours, do you develop headaches and mood swings?
If you answered 'yes’ to one of the questions above, you are addicted. See full Telegraph article.
Sugar is one of the key causes of obesity, associated with cardiovascular risk and with cancer, disability during old age, decreased life expectancy and serious chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and hypertension.
Some scientists believe that fructose fools our brains into thinking we are not full, so we overeat.
The latest advice is to swap just one snack a day for a healthier alternative to cut your sugar intake by almost half.
Fruit juice should be limited to one glass a day. Analysis of children's diets during a one month pilot study found those following the advice reduced their sugar intake by 40 per cent.
Here's a shock. In a paper published in 2007, French scientists reported that in animal trials, rats chose sugar over cocaine (which they were addicted to), and speculated that no mammals’ sweet receptors are naturally adapted to the high concentrations of sweet tastes on offer in modern times.
So if you long for a chocolatey treat, that craving is more than just a figure of speech. You may be one of the world’s most common dependents: a sugar addict.
I've not voluntarily eaten sugar for about ten years, apart from one dessertspoon of honey on my morning porridge. I don't need extra calories, in fact my stomach is expanding despite cutting back on food, much to my horror. My husband loves sweet treats and pesters me every night to join him in eating a dessert after the meal. Not only am I full, but I don't like the taste of sweet things. He needs to eat as much as he can to gain the weight he's lost due to illness, so I wouldn't turn him away from indulging.
Reminds me of the old nursery rhyme: 'Jack sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean', but, in our case, the reverse.