Why A Sugar Detox Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Eat Sugar

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

This may sound like a strange statement to make, but hear me out. There are many reasons someone might do a sugar detox. You might be fed up of eating junk because daily urges drive you to it. You might feel guilty after you eat a tub of ice cream or a whole packet of biscuits. You might just be fed up of craving sweets? Or you might just be fed up with how too much sugar is making you feel and look.

By doing a sugar detox you can break the sugar addiction cycle, which will mean no more cravings and no more bingeing. And although you will cut out sugar completely for part of the detox, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can never eat sugar again!

Why are so many people addicted to sugar?

Woman eating a large bar of chocolate

Sugar has only become part of our diet very recently - we have survived for over 200,000 as humans pretty much without any sugar at all. Unfortunately, there is more and more sugar in processed and packaged foods, which has created an obesity epidemic worldwide.

Why do I crave sweets?

The more sugar you eat, the more you crave it because it’s highly addictive stuff. Lab tests have show that sugar can be more addictive than cocaine and because it triggers the ‘happy hormone’ called dopamine, giving you a pleasure response when you eat it, it’s no wonder so many people around the world are hooked.

There are millions of people who are sugar dependent in the world today. Food manufacturers have been coming up with clever ways to entice us into eating their products, with millions spent on marketing and food design.

Scientists work away in laboratories, searching for the ultimate combination of sugar, fat, salt and who knows what else to find what they call the ‘bliss point’. These are scientifically researched ‘food products’ designed to get us hooked and to keep coming back for more.

The problem is that they are getting very good at this meaning that it’s getting harder and harder for people to resist the lure of this carefully concocted junk. Unless you cook your own food, who knows what you might be eating.

What is a sugar addiction cycle?