If you’ve decided to give up sugar, then good for you and this is a huge step in the right direction in terms of healthier eating and feeling better about yourself. Yet it can be a worry that sugar cravings will take a hold and how will you resist them?
A study, recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, may give you hope. Scientists asked participants to rate the level of sweetness in a range of desserts & drinks. They were then split into 2 groups – one group followed their normal diet and the 2nd had a reduced sugar diet for 3 months.
Every month, the participants were asked to rate the level of sweetness in the desserts & drinks again. There was no change in perception for the ‘normal diet’ group, yet after three months those on the reduced sugar diet expressed how sweet the foods & drinks tasted.
This shows that, even after a relatively short period of sugar reduction, the tastes of the low sugar group had changed and the high sugar intake wasn’t as appealing.
Following on from the study, after the 5th month of the study, when the participants sugar intake wasn’t controlled, sugar consumption quickly went to its previous level and – in turn – perceptions of how sweet the desserts & drinks tasted returned to pre-diet levels as well!
Anyone who’s followed Atkins for a week or 2 can tell you that sugar cravings do go away pretty rapidly as blood sugar levels stabilise so stick with it, it’ll be worth it!