Oreos, “America’s favourite cookie”, are as addictive as heroin and cocaine, according to research from Connecticut College in the US. I think we all know why… PROCESSED SUGAR.

Across the world we are increasingly hooked on sugar and the approaches we are taking to tackle this addiction are not working. Just look around you and the evidence (obesity, diabetes) is clear.

The approach the food industry (and many government policies) are taking reminds me of something.

Is Methadone the answer to heroin addiction?

Methadone has been used for treating heroin (opioid) dependence since it the 1940s; it effectively moves the addict from being hooked on heroin, to being dependant on methadone instead. Does that really sound like the best approach?

If you are unsure, then consider this…

Methadone has many known side effects. These include weight gain; headaches; seizures; nausea; trouble sleeping; vision problems; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; anxiety and depression.

Doesn’t really sound like a sustainable solution does it? (Surely the best answer is stop taking heroin and address the issues that were causing the addiction…)

So here is the scary thing. The same approach is being used to try and combat our ever increasing sugar addiction.

Think about all those ‘low sugar’ labels on food. They don’t mean the food no longer tastes sweet – the ingredient has simply been substituted to an alternative sweetener.

Aspartame – the Methadone of the Food World

One of the most common artificial sweeteners is Aspartame. This chemical was first created in 1965, yet it took until 1981 before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) let it be added to food products.

These days you find it everywhere; it hides under a number of brand names too.

Remember those side effects of methadone I just shared with you? Aspartame shares EVERY SINGLE ONE of them. Yes, aspartame is shown to cause weight gain; headaches; seizures; nausea; trouble sleeping; vision problems; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; anxiety and depression.

Trying to avoid giving your family too much sugar? Check ingredient labels carefully, as you are potentially giving them this toxic chemical instead.

Like heroin addiction, the sustainable answer to the world’s increasing sugar addiction is NOT a substitute.

The sustainable answer is understanding why you crave sugar. Like heroin, part of the carving will come from the addiction itself. That is not the only reason.

It is not just about the intake of drugs (or sugar), it is about the attitude towards it.

When an addict believes their drug of choice is the way to make life better it will only be a matter of time before they go back to their addiction. The answer is a change of belief and habit.

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