5 Surprising White Lies About Sugar And You

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

We all know sugar is everywhere we look, hidden in foods that we might never expect, like pasta sauce or processed meals. In fact it is estimated that there is sugar added to around three quarters of food products we buy from the supermarket.

In a very short period of time, sugar has become part of our everyday diet, often whether we like it or not and even if we think we may be eating a health diet, you might be surprised at just how much sugar you are eating.

There is so much dis-information about this stuff, so here are the five biggest lies about sugar along with the surprising truth!

Woman offering a choice of an apple or a donut

Lie #1 - "Sugar Isn’t Addictive"

Many food corporations would love us to think that sugar is sweet and innocent, and by putting it into foods we won’t get addicted. You couldn’t picture anything more harmless looking than a birthday cake covered in icing and candles right?

But the real truth is that sugar is as addictive as cocaine - the highly addictive class A drug. Experiments have been done with lab rats showing that the rats preferred water laced with sugar than they did water laced with cocaine.

It’s the fructose that makes up roughly fifty percent of any type of sugar that creates the addiction and it is one of the only types of food that doesn’t trigger the sensation of ‘fullness’. That’s why you can keep on eating sugar until you feel sick. When was the last time you ate so much broccoli or cheese that you felt sick?

And what’s worse is our kids are getting hooked earlier and earlier, with food companies targeting children through sweets and cereals. By the time a child is old enough to learn the dangers of sugar, they are more than likely hooked, so it’s our job as adults to see through the ads and packaging and keep sugar intake to a sensible level.

Most of a child’s sugar intake is through sugary pop and soda, so cutting down on these can prevent sugar addiction at a young age and learn to see through all of the marketing hype and understand the truth - that sugar is addictive.

Lie #2 - "Sugar Doesn’t Make You Fat"

There used to be the old adage that ‘fat makes you fat’. This narrative was peddled by the food agencies many years ago in an attempt to fend off attacks on the sugar industry.