Once you give up sugar, you can never go back, not truly. Whereas you would have once needed 2 spoons of sugar in your tea, after you’ve gone without for a few months, a single sweetener will make the drink painfully sickly, like someone has dunked a huge lump of candy floss in your mug. So why give it up as your new year’s resolution, apart from the obvious reasons, like appeasing your dentist?
Well, you’d be surprised how much giving up the little granules can change your life. For a start, you won’t feel as hungry. The way sugar works in your body is to give you an immediate rush of energy and make you feel full. This encourages you to eat multiple snack- meals full of sugary gratification- that inevitably means you end up eating a lot more than you would if you simply ate balanced foods 3 or 4 times a day. Slow release energy keeps you full for longer and replaces the immediacy of sugar with a long lasting satisfaction.
Sugar’s appeal is the sudden burst of life. In some cases this can be great but in most, the little moment isn’t worth the crash afterwards. That’s how sugar addiction starts: like pretty much every other addiction. At first, you consume it because it makes you feel amazing, and then you keep going, trying to get back to that original high. Soon, you need it to feel normal and you consume more and more in an effort to achieve some sort of rush again. A worryingly large proportion of people are addicted to sugar without ever realising it: bouncing from sugar coated cereals to jaffa cakes at lunch to an afternoon chocolate bar. Without them, they claim they wouldn’t cope, they would be much too tired. As any top nutritionist or dentist in London will tell you though, they’re not actually weary because of a lack of rest, they’re weary because they’ve trained their body to feel drained without the little white powder.
It’s the dental world in particular, that takes a dim view of “refined” white sugar, because it is so heavy linked to the vast majority of tooth decay cases that they have. Sugar creates an acidic environment in your mouth for a few hours after consumption, leading to the erosion of precious enamel and the crevices that slowly begin to form. Eating it repeatedly throughout the day, as many people do without even realising, creates a situation where tooth decay is happening almost constantly, regardless of regular brushing. That’s why pretty much every London dentist is urging their patients to cut it out of their diet: lest 2013 be riddled with cavities.