Why Do We Crave Sugar?

According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman, sweet is the first taste that humans prefer from birth. Additionally, the human body runs on carbohydrates. Carbohydrates also, stimulate the release of the chemical serotonin, a natural mood booster. Furthermore, our preference to sweet things is constantly reinforced by constantly rewarding ourselves with sweet treats. Pairing our bodily need for carbohydrates and preference to sweet, it is no mystery that we all crave sugary foods.

1. Get Up and Move

When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Try taking a walk down the street or anything to change the scenery. The goal is to take your mind off your craving.

2. Eat Regularly 

Make sure not to wait too long between meals . Low blood sugar and hunger can set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods. Eating every 2-4 hours can help keep blood share stable. Try making sure to have a good source of protein and high-fibre foods at every meal. 

3. Try Combining Foods

Limiting yourself to a single cookie or bit-sized chocolate bar seems impossible. Try pairing a healthy food with your craving. By adding a healthy item like produce, you’ll get nutrients and fibre and then can finish off with a small amount of whatever you are craving. This trick helps to prevent overindulging. 

4. Suss Out Secret Sugars

Secret sugars lurk in foods you don’t even think of as sweet. Everything from ketchup to crackers, salad dressings to pasta sauce. The problem with these sneaky sugars is not just that they put you on sugar overload. It’s that added sugars increase appetite and cause more cravings, trapping you in a vicious cycle of wanting more, more, more. Search your fridge and pantry and read labels. Find foods with sugar listed in the first few ingredients and trade them out for healthier alternatives. Try a simple google search for healthier versions of your secret sugary food.

By Emilee Bulleid