19 / APRIL / 2023

Sugar is such a controversial topic in the health and wellness world. The truth is, sugar is sugar, regardless of its form or name (IMO). And consuming too much sugar can have a detrimental effect on our gut health, leading to digestive issues and inflammation in the body.

Unfortunately, there are many different names for sugar, which makes it difficult to identify in the ingredient list of food products. Common names for sugar include agave, cane, caramel, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. However, it’s important to understand that they all contain a high amount of fructose, which can be damaging to our bodies in excess.

Consuming too much sugar can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in our gut, leading to inflammation and a weakened immune system. This is why it’s crucial to be mindful of our sugar intake and choose whole, natural foods that are low in added sugars. By understanding the various names for sugar and being more mindful of our food choices, we can take control of our gut health and overall wellbeing.


Did you know that sugar can be more addictive than cocaine? It’s true! When we consume sugar, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This flood of dopamine can create a feeling of euphoria, which can lead to cravings for more sugar. Studies have shown that sugar activates the same areas of the brain as drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and heroin. In fact, in one study, rats were given the choice between sugar water and cocaine, and they chose the sugar water every time. This suggests that sugar may be even more rewarding and addictive than cocaine. Crazy right!?

But the problem with sugar addiction goes beyond just cravings and pleasure. Over time, consuming too much sugar can lead to a host of health problems, such as hormonal imbalances, bacterial overgrowths in the gut, poor sleep, lethargy and fatigue, as well as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. By reducing your sugar consumption and making healthier choices, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing.


This may surprise you, but you could be consuming more than 35 kilograms (77 pounds) of sugar per year without even realising it! Statistics suggest that as recently as 100 years ago, the average person only ate around 1 kilogram (2 pounds) of sugar per year. Now, it is reported to be about 35 kilograms (77 pounds) per person, per year! That is 35 times more sugar than what our (great) grandparents were eating, and it’s unlikely that the increase is from an extra consumption in vegetable intake.

The increase in sugar consumption is mainly due to hidden sugars, processed sugars, and overconsumption of them. The condiments from the grocery store, tinned foods, and even bread sometimes contain added sugars. This is why it’s so important to learn the balance when it comes to sugar, as you may be consuming far more than you realise.

If you want to detox your body from sugar and support your body in sleeping better, increased energy, improved moods, more balanced hormones, and a happier gut, join me in the 30-day sugar-free sprint. This program can help you reduce your sugar intake and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Check out the link here for all the details.