How to overcome dependence on sweet and flour?

A person is so arranged that he goes about his desires, tries to deliver himself as much pleasure as possible, improving his emotional state. Often this ends in dependence and delivers the body harm, and sometimes even destroys it. Dependence on sweet one of its forms, which causes health so much harm that it is incommensurable with the fleeting pleasure.

Excess consumption of sweet leads to diabetes mellitus, obesity, damages teeth, pancreas, liver, thyroid, provokes cardiovascular diseases. Now culinary specialists can not even imagine preparing food without adding sugar, and only 200 years ago it was not there at all. Manufacturing on an industrial scale significantly increased the dose of consumption. Scientists and doctors are sounding the alarm.


Statistics give an alarming signal - almost 80% of the inhabitants of our country are dependent on the sweet. It is claimed that it comes in 8 times faster than cocaine. Given the steady growth in sugar consumption from two kilograms per annum in the 19th century to the present forty, this is a very disturbing trend. As the business is interested in the growth of sugar production, we will continue to be pushed onto the sweet "needle", especially since it is so easy to do. If in a liter of a carbonated sugar drink there is more than a daily human need, and sugar is contained in other foodstuffs, it only remains to "include" your own brains, and struggle to resist this expansion.

Causes of the depending on the sweet

The reasons for dependence on the sweet often lie in the psychological plane, but ultimately have a physiological background. When there are various problems, people need a sweet tooth. Eating their troubles sweet, they are in a mood, stresses and various failures seem less significant. Why do you need a sweet in these circumstances? Here the laws of physiology come into force.

Negative emotions reduce the level of serotonin and endorphin in the body - hormones of happiness, joy, pleasure, and sweet contributes to their synthesis. Another cause of craving may be a lack of trace elements in the body: chromium, magnesium, calcium. Are attributed to the causes of pathology of the digestive organs: fungi and yeast, developing in the intestine, also cause cravings for sweets. The need for sweet can be due to a decrease in blood glucose levels, which is characteristic of diabetes mellitus. Her content constantly fluctuates within 2.8-7.8 mmol / l, depending on the time of food intake, physical and emotional loads. Food leads to an increase in the level of sugar in the body, while giving the release of insulin - a vehicle through the cells of the body for glucose. With insufficient insulin production, glucose does not reach the "destination", and its lack of supply of the central nervous system causes hypoglycemia, which gives a feeling of hunger.

Risk factors

Risk factors include an individual inclination to sweet. Not everyone has a craving for him, but anyone who is not indifferent to cakes, cakes, sweet water, sweets needs to be especially careful not to become addicted. The influence of sugar on the formation of cholesterol has been established, so hypertensive people and people with cardiovascular diseases are also at risk. But the most important risk factor is diabetes.


The pathogenesis of this phenomenon lies in the chain of reactions that accompany the sweet from the moment it hits the mouth. At the tip of the tongue are taste buds, which taste sweet sweet taste and transmit a signal to the brain region through the glossopharyngeal nerve. He, reacting to the "message", produces serotonin.

Sucrose is a carbohydrate, when it enters the body it decomposes into glucose and fructose. Glucose is the main source of energy, food for the brain. Thanks to gluconeogenesis, it is produced from proteins and lipids. This happens slowly, without disturbing the natural processes of metabolism. The intake of pure sugar instantaneously accelerates its cleavage and leads to the release of insulin, the role of which is to bring glucose to the brain and other organs. The brain completely turns it into energy, and other cells can partially use for their recovery, and can, by turning into glycogen, accumulate and turn into fat. In addition, a powerful release of insulin gives a sense of lack of carbohydrates, although in fact it is a deceptive sensation. The circle closes, the dependence is formed.

Symptoms of the depending on the sweet

If the dependence on the sweet has a psychological underpinning, then its first signs are a bad mood, constant thoughts about sweet in stressful situations, their realization. This resembles the behavior of a smoker, who is worried, smokes one cigarette after another. If the cause is physiological, associated with poor production or complete cessation of insulin synthesis by the pancreas, then the body signals dizziness, drowsiness, weakness. The approach of hypoglycemia is indicated by such symptoms as excessive sweating, fatigue, tension, rapid heartbeat, a constant feeling of hunger. Neurological symptoms may appear: irritability, aggressiveness.

Dependence on sweet and flour

Have the same underlying reason, t. All flour confectionery products contain sugar in various forms: in dough, creams, fillers, syrups. Most often, women show weakness for desserts and fall into the sweet flour dependence. This is due to the hormonal bursts that women experience every month, during pregnancy, after childbirth. There may be psychological dependency of addiction and other reasons related to the state of health.

Psychological dependence on the sweet

Psychological dependence on the sweet, like any other, conceals in itself a real threat to influence the way of life, self-esteem, mood. People exposed to it, unable to control the amount eaten, feel bad without another dose of sweet. In addition, it can lead to serious health problems, obesity, because not only affects our will, but also disrupts the metabolism. Sometimes dependence on the sweet reaches a degree in which not only eating desserts takes place during the day, but night meals also become traditional. A person expects psychological relaxation, but faces overweight, aggravation of health problems. By resorting to various diets, again breaks down without defeating his "sweet enemy".

Complications and consequences

In addition to the psychological consequences resulting in self-doubt, decreased efficiency, sometimes depressed, complications arise related to the liver, pancreas, digestive tract, heart diseases. Greater chance of diabetes.

Diagnostics of the depending on the sweet

Diagnosis of dependence on the sweet begins with the clarification of the anamnesis. The main task is to exclude diabetes and its characteristic syndrome of hypoglycemia. To do this, determine the concentration of glucose in the blood. Since the feeling of hunger is characteristic of hypoglycemia caused by a number of other diseases (hormonal disorders, lack of enzymes, tumors, alcohol and drug dependence, etc.), it is necessary to differentiate from them psychologically.

Sweet addiction test

To establish the degree of a person's propensity for sweets, have developed a special test for dependence on sweet. He forces, answering questions, to more sensibly see the problem. The test can contain various questions, here are some of them:

  1. How often do you feel the need for sweet?
    1. daily;
    2. few times a week;
    3. several times a month.
  2. Do you resort to sweets in stressful situations?
  3. Do you feel lunch is unfinished if you do not eat dessert?
  4. Do you withstand a day without sugar?
  5. Can sweets be stored for some time in a vase on a shelf.

If the sweet is eaten every day, and all other questions are given the answer "yes", then the dependence is obvious.

Who to contact?

Treatment of the depending on the sweet

If the dependence on the sweet is caused by some kind of ailment, the doctor will diagnose and prescribe the treatment. If the reason is in the psychological factor, then you can try to manage yourself. At once to refuse a bad habit is unlikely to happen, but to reduce the portion will not be difficult, replacing it with sports or other physical activity. The fact is that the physical load produces the endorphin hormone, the one that is consumed when eating sweets. In addition, a large number of calories are burned, which will also benefit the body. If sugar in its pure form is replaced by fruits, vegetables, you can simultaneously enjoy and replenish the supply of vitamins and minerals. Also there are sweeteners, at first they will help relieve dependence on sweet.

In your diet should include slowly digestible products that have a low glycemic index and high protein content. It is good in the fight against any dependence to have a number of reliable friend's shoulder. If you can find a partner to get rid of the sweet, it will be a good incentive to compete in strengthening the willpower.

Drugs from dependence on sweet

Help to overcome dependence on sweet chromium preparations. Due to its ability to participate in carbohydrate metabolism, increase the permeability of the cell walls for glucose and increase the sensitivity to insulin, the level of sugar in the blood is maintained. A large amount of sweet brings out the chrome of their body. To break this vicious circle, it is necessary to include in your diet products containing chrome, or take pharmacies. The fish are rich in this trace element, the best is tuna, liver, chicken meat, ducks, broccoli, beets. Brewer's yeast intake is a good method of replenishing the body with chromium.

On the advice of a doctor in the pharmacy you can buy vitamin-mineral complexes containing chrome, special biologically active additives. In their reviews, many women note BAA picolinate chromium, garcinium fort, fet-x as a means, significantly reducing cravings for sweets. Another drug, glutamine, has also proven itself in the fight against addiction. It is an amino acid that is contained in animal and vegetable proteins. The drug was synthesized for the treatment of gastritis, is known for its ability to heal inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In passing, the ability to soothingly act on the brain and nervous system, cope with harmful desires was discovered.


The best preventive maintenance of dependence on sweet is physical loading, occupation by favorite business, distracting from harmful predilections, motivation to have a beautiful figure and healthy children. In a healthy family, where adults are not involved in unhealthy habits, a self-sufficient new generation will grow up, which will not need to "seize" its complexes.


The prognosis of getting rid of sweet dependence is favorable for people with strong will and desire to overcome it. Others, going on about their desires, can get obesity and pathologies of various organs.

Last reviewed by: Aleksey Portnov , medical expert, on 05.10.2018

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