I came across this in the Powerfood Nutrition Plan book that my husband bought the other day...I thought it was interesting:
The Sugar Jones
Recent studies suggest that sugar may be able to turn some folks into junkies pretty easily. Researchers in the psychology department at Princeton University gave rats a steady diet of sugar and then abserved the physical symptoms and changes in brain chemistry induced by chemical dependance. Subsequently, once sugar was eliminated from their diets, the rodents had the shakes: chattering teeth, forepaw and head tremors, and increased anxiety during maze tests.
Researchers now believe that the similarities are because the same chemical reactions that get us hooked to drugs take place when we have too much sugar.
Some guys are more prone than others to addictions, and that certainly applies to sugar as well. To find out whether you are addicted , as yourself the following questions:
1. Do you crave sugar daily? If you feel satisfied after eating something sweet when nothing else will do the trick, or you get a headache or become crabby or shaky when you can't get your sugar fix, you might be addicted.
2. How many teaspoons of added sugar do you eat in a day? If it's more then 8 to 10 teaspoons and your not usings sugar specifically for training, you may have a sugar problem. (One teaspoon equals 4 grams of simple carbohydrates)
3. Can you cut your daily sugar consumption in half without feeling sluggish, jittery or shaky?