And even then millions of people were trying and failing at fad diets.
Sugar is a supplement, just like salt. Some need or tolerate more than others, neither are necessary in dietary form, but in context, theyare legit and harmless supplements. Singling out sugar as the sole culprit in overeating or obesity isn't exactly accurate when you don't take the other variables into account. Sugar in coffee or sprinkled on fruit is not the problem anymore than adding salt to cucumbers is and pickling them. I think sugar gets a bad rap undeservingly when it's rarely consumed on its own without far worse ingredients.
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I gave up sugar (and flour) 3 years ago- all sweeteners (artificial or otherwise). It was one of the best food decisions i ever made. It was hell for 3 weeks, after that- all of my cravings (for sugar and flour foods) were gone. I went cold turkey, and I think it is easier to do that than to slowly wean off of it.
Sugar is a supplement and flavor enhancer. How much you use is up to you. I think it's time to start drawing some lines, though. When people say sugar addiction, they almost always mean the vessels that transport the sugar, which are likely the problem, not just sugar. Sugar mixed with other ingredients is a new food, e.g., chocolate bar, muffin, latte, etc.
I was thinking about that. Particularly in pickling/fermenting. There are recipes that require sugar as preservative. Not a large amount, like 3 tbsp per 3L jar of marinated tomatoes. Is this minuscule but necessary bit of sugar that bad?
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The thing is, if you eliminate the baked goods, sweetened beverages, ice cream and candy, and processed sweets like jelly beans, what sugar is there left to eat? (I don't count fruit here).
Inversely, if you eliminate sugar (not including fruits and sweet potatoes), what good quality foods are you eliminating? If I eliminate a 400 calorie latte with limited nutritional benefit, I can either reduce my calories and lose weight or free up space in my diet for healthier calories, like more chicken on my salad.
I get to eat like 1500-1600 calories a day. I absolutely don't think a 200 calorie sugary snack every day would be an issue, except those calories don't satisfy me, they make me eat more, and they cut into the nutritious calories I can have. FWIW, I also don't believe in eating spoons of fat for the same reason.
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