Nearly everyone craves sugar. When experiencing such cravings, most people go right for the most accessible sweet treat: candy, chocolate bars, cake or cookies. But what these people don’t realize is that many healthy alternatives can help alleviate sweet cravings.
A sugar craving is simply the body asking for energy. When sugar is digested, it becomes glucose. Glucose is fuel for all of the body’s cells. When you eat sugar, it enters the bloodstream and is converted into glucose at different rates, depending on the type of sugar you consume. All carbohydrates contain sugar, but depending on their chemical structures – simple or complex – they are processed differently.
In today’s modern nutrition world, high protein diets are fashionable and “carbohydrate” has become a dirty word, associated in many people’s minds with the obesity crisis. This is inaccurate. Carbohydrates provide much of the energy needed for normal body functions – such as heartbeat, breathing and digestion – and for exercise!
Sugar cravings are as natural as our desire for air. Throughout two million years of evolution, humans have been programmed to desire sweet-tasting foods. Long before processing, the only source of sweet tastes was plant foods such as squash, tubers, roots, grains and fruit. In order to get the sweet taste their bodies desired, people had to eat plants. It is no coincidence these sweet foods are also great sources of nutrients, energy and fiber – everything we need to maintain our health. So, the best way to curb, or alleviate intense sugar cravings is to provide the body with the sweetness that it needs by regularly eating NATURALLY sweet foods!
Source: Integrative Nutrition by: Joshua Rosenthal