Really? Prove it! See if you can go sugar-free for just 5 days! I challenge you!
That's a real eye-opener for most people, because even if they have the determination to attempt such an experiment, most soon find themselves crawling back to the pantry, desperately seeking a soda beverage loaded with high-fructose corn syrup (liquid sugar) to end their withdrawal symptoms.
The truth is, most American consumers are so addicted to sugar that they will deny their addictions in the same way that a heroin or crack addict might.
I don't mean that kind of 'crack'....but that kind of crack does kill!
So watch your ass, literally!
When it comes down to it, sugar controls an addicts behavior. If they don't have their sugar in the morning (in their coffee, pancakes and cereals), sugar at lunch (salad dressings, pasta sauce, sodas and fast food) and sugar at dinner (ketchup and BBQ sauce, virtually all restaurant foods), then they suffer serious withdrawal symptoms and go crazy with moodiness and irritability. They start blaming everyone around them for silly things, and they may even become sweaty and light-headed.
Crazy, isn't it? That's what happens when you take a substance out of nature and refine it to maximize its chemical surface area and biological activity. Cocaine is a drug that's refined from coca leaves. Opium is a drug that's refined from poppies. And sugar is a drug that's refined from sugarcane. And while we have a "war on drugs" against cocaine and heroin, our taxpayer dollars actually subsidize the sugar industry, making refined white sugar cheap and widely available to the entire population so that everyone can be equally hooked.
Refined white sugar is a pleasure drug! If you don't believe me, just put a spoonful on your tongue and observe the instantaneous effects. You'll experience a warming, comfortable feeling that makes you feel safe and happy. They're not called "comfort foods" by accident.
Sugar is, essentially, a legalized recreational drug that's socially acceptable to consume. And yet, just like other drugs, it can:
- Destroy a person's health over time
- Rot out teeth
- Disrupt normal brain function
- Promote heart disease
- Directly cause diabetes and obesity
Isn't it curious how, in modern society, we fight a war against certain drugs (like marijuana & cocaine) yet subsidize others (like sugar)? The difference, of course, is that the sugar industry has a powerful political lobby and is universally abused by virtually the entire population.
Drugs that are abused by only a few (such as heroin) get outlawed, while drugs that are abused by everyone (such as caffeine and sugar) receive legal immunity.
It's mob rule....
...and the mob is addicted to sugar!