Sugar Changes Your Taste Preference

We all know the health effects of sugar in your diet - but did you know it changes your taste preference?? #paleo #healthyeating #whole30

The paleo diet doesn’t leave room for sugar.  When the focus is on nutrient dense proteins and vegetables, there is no interpretation of this that means eat sugar.  And why is sugar made out to be worst then the evil witch of the west?

Because not only does sugar cause a host of health issues:

  • inflammation
  • autoimmune conditions
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cardiovascular issues
  • weight gain

and the list sadly goes on and on…

Research shows that sugar and artificial sweeteners actually change your taste preference. 

I know this from my own experience.  After my very first “30 days No Sugar” challenge, I couldn’t believe how much the things I had previously enjoyed now tasted really too sweet.  As well I have heard the exact same from other’s too.

But now from a study done in California they have shown how true this really is.

They asked subjects to do a two-week No Sugar Challenge – cut out all added sugars and artificial sweeteners.  Here were the rules:

  1. Do not add any form of sugar (see list below) or any alternative sweeteners to foods or drinks! Avoid artificial and alternative sweeteners including Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, Splenda, monk fruit, neotame, stevia, and xylitol, etc. No added sweeteners!
  2. Avoid all sweetened sodas, bottled teas, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks and juice (even 100% juice), specialty coffee drinks, and any other liquid with added sweeteners.
  3. Cut out any foods that have added sugar or any artificial sweeteners such as cookies, cake, candy, yogurt, soy or almond milk, breakfast cereals, energy bars, or other foods. Read labels! Look at the ingredient lists of foods you eat for other names for sugar such as the following:

    • Sucrose
    • Corn syrup
    • Agave
    • Dextrose
    • Grape sugar
    • Brown sugar
    • Date sugar
    • High-fructose corn syrup
    • Maple syrup
    • Evaporated cane juice
    • Coconut palm sugar
    • Turbinado sugar
    • Powdered sugar
    • Honey
    • Molasses
    • Barley malt
    • Cane sugar
    • Raw sugar
    • Brown rice syrup

The results of their challenge showed sugar cravings in all the subjects.  But the good news is cravings went away for:

  • 53.3% of participants after 3 days (8 out of 15 people responding)
  • 86.6% of participants after 6 days (13 out of 15 people responding)

After the 2-week challenge, this is what the individuals in the study reported:

  • 95% of participants found that sweet foods and drinks tasted sweeter or too sweet (18 out of 19 people responding)
  • 75% found that other foods, such as baby carrots, apples, or crackers, tasted sweeter (15 out of 20 people responding)
  • 95% said moving forward, they would use less or even no sugar (19 out of 20 people responding)
  • 35% said they lost weight (7 out of 20 people responding)

What can you do about this?

With this knowledge, you can really start to make educated choices in your life.

Setting aside the other health issues and such.  Just consider this one aspect next time you eat a huge sundae or soda at the movies:

Eating this today means you will need to eat more in the future to get the same taste effect.

Sugar is supposed to be a treat.  The journey to good health is all about focusing on what your goals are, then  making sure the choices you make today are fulfilling that goal in the future.

It may be easier said they done, but usually the only time we feel bad for our choices is when they aren’t aligned with our goals and values #foodforthought 😉

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Make lasting changes to your diet and take charge of your health.

Reference:  Bartolotto C. Does Consuming Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Change Taste Preferences? The Permanente Journal. 2015;19(3):81-84. doi:10.7812/TPP/14-229.

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