Lately it seems that all foods contain more sugar than any of us could possibly imagine leading us to unconsciously develop a sweet tooth. Stopping the sweet tooth craving of sugar is difficult. It makes you gain weight and it is one of the leading causes of heart disease. In addition, your sweet tooth can negatively affect your lovely skin and lead to premature aging. Unfortunately, people have developed a real dependency upon sugar. Most individuals feel good after satisfying their sweet tooth. This then leads to a crash and the automatic reach for more sugar to satisfy that sweet tooth. According to the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, at least ten percent of the U.S. population are actual sugar addicts, as stated by Robert Lusting, professor of pediatrics and a member of the institute. That is a shocking number. Not to mention that the more research the institute does the more they see that sugar induces rewards and cravings that appear to be similar to other addictions. As I have previously mentioned in another blog, many foods have hidden sugars which can fool you into thinking you are eating healthily but are not. Can you stop satisfying your sweet tooth need? One answer is to try to detox your system from sugar. It’s not easy as we are a fast paced society and tend to eat on the go or use prepared foods to feed ourselves and our families. That is where the elimination of sugar becomes difficult. Look at the foods children eat on a daily basis. Many of them claim lower sugar and the children refuse to eat which leads to parental stress. For adults, the usual irritability and finding ways to drink that coffee or tea without that sweet tooth charge. Teaching children that apples, strawberries, blueberries are more like candy are a good start. You can make them as a treat. If you are failing miserably in stopping your sweet tooth craving, please don’t take the artificial sweetener route. Not are they only unhealthy, but in some cases you can gain that weight you were hoping to lose. When my son was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, the nutritionist at the hospital suggested artificial sweeteners. At that time, I had never used them and really didn’t know anything about them. However, once he was released from the hospital, the research began. It was shocking back then how bad they really are. Finally, I found a natural sweetener, Stevia, and did an experiment. Two consecutive nights, as it was winter, I made hot chocolate using each product. The first morning his blood was 100 which was good. The next night using the artificial sweetener, his blood was 180. Huge difference. After that I made fresh lemonade, just as an example, using Stevia and his friends never noticed the difference. To this day he still drinks coffee and tea without sugar! In the Good Gus series, Bob’s Sweet Shop did sell ice cream. However, consumption of sugar was at a low as the citizens of Pecos enjoyed fresh foods as part of their daily diet and the need to satisfy a sweet tooth was not part of their daily routine. The series is available on Kindle worldwide exclusively. If your sweet tooth is getting you down, take a reading break and find “Misplaced Trust” at any of these fine e-book websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.