9 ways to tell you're addicted to sugar
Let's face it: sugar is in practically everything. It graces nearly every aisle of the grocery store, from carb-heavy bread products to beverages to (of course) candy and cookies and even the produce section. It sneaks up on you in yogurt, smoothie mixes, seemingly-natural juices and pickles. So even if you're trying to cut back, whether for a specific health reason or just because you want to eat less of it, it can be really challenging to actually accomplish.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults should limit their daily sugar intake to no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. Many American adults eat far more sugar than they realize (it's in nearly everything, after all), but as Greatist learned when it published a story adding up the amount of sugar you truly eat in a day, your body pretty much treats added sugars and natural sugars the same exact way. So ultimately, the total number of sugars is really what you need to keep an eye on.
But what if you can't cut back on how much sugar you eat each day? As it turns out, according to a 2013 study published in Current Opinion Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, sugar can actually trigger your neurological reward centers greater than that of cocaine. So while a full-fledged, official diagnosis of "sugar addiction" can be a controversial topic among experts, there is evidence that eating sugar encourages us to consume even more sugar.
Worried your killer sweet tooth may be more than just your nightly bowl of ice cream or handful of cookies? Keep an eye out for these 11 ways to assess whether you're actually addicted to sugar. But first, drop the spoon, and put the lid back on the cookie jar.