Many people would like to cut sugar out of their diet, for many reasons.
Some cite the scientific literature that claims sugar is addictive (for example, Ahmed S.H. et al. Sugar addiction: pushing the drug-sugar analogy to the limit. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, July 2013, V. 16, No. 4, p.434-9). I have noticed, in my own experience, that if I have something containing sugar, it does not satisfy me. Shortly thereafter, I want some more. The next day, I want some more. I have to go an entire week without sugar (or honey, maple sugar, etc.) before the craving diminishes. At this point, when I am offered something containing sugar, I have enough willpower to weigh the consequences – is the food tasty enough for me to put up with another week of cravings? For me, few things are worth it. One is licorice fudge!
My husband has gastritis, and sugar or any sweetener, even artificial sweeteners, cause him strong stomach pain. I originally started developing muffins, cookies and breads sweetened only with fruit as a way to allow him to have a bit of sweetness in his life. I now find sugar-sweetened equivalents far to sweet to my taste. Some experts suggest avoiding refined foods, such as white flour and sugar, to reduce the symptoms of gastritis. Cutting out sugar can be an easy, inexpensive way to avoid stomach pain, without taking medicine with potential negative side effects.
Sugar contains empty calories. If you cut out all sweets, how many calories will you not ingest every day? It could make the difference between gaining weight and maintaining your weight, or between maintaining your weight and losing a bit of weight.
Take the challenge!
Have you ever tried going an entire month without sugar? You can do almost anything for a month! Try it and see how it affects your energy levels and your food choices. Comparing how you feel after a few weeks without sugar with how you normally feel, decide if you think it is time to eliminate sugar from your diet.