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Although I make an effort to eat healthy every day, there are times when I just crave something sweet (and less-than healthy). Normally, I would go for a nutritious homemade frozen yogurt pop, but when I'm out and about, I don't have that option.
There are times when I succumb to my temptation and enjoy a decadent dessert. I don't bother feeling guilty about it, but I do know I have to work extra hard in the days to come. Not only will I have extra calories to work off, but I have to be careful not to fall victim to a sugar addiction.
According to a 2002 study by Princeton University researchers, sugar may actually be addicting. Researchers studied rats that were allowed to binge on sugar. After the sugar was taken away, the rats showed signs of withdrawal, including "the shakes," and changes in brain chemistry. Although they would have seen more pronounced effects from addicting drugs, the withdrawal symptoms were the same, according to the study.
That may very well be why it's so hard to stick to your diet after "treating yourself" to a sugary treat. If you want to stick to your diet, it's better to avoid the sweets in the first place.
Here are a few low-sugar snacks to help ward off addiction, and keep your diet on track:
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!