If you’re eating a Standard American Diet loaded with highly processed foods, the sweet flavor is everywhere, and not just in sweet desserts.
We put sugar, and sugar substitutes, in every type of food imaginable: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bread, cereal, canned vegetables, processed meats, pasta sauce, baby food, and infant formula.
If it’s a food in a package you can pretty much guarantee it has some type of added sugar.
Many folks don’t know the different disguises that sugar uses such as agave, barley malt, corn syrup, cane juice, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sorghum, sucrose, turbinado sugar and others.
The question is why has our food supply been saturated with the sweet flavor?
First and foremost it’s addicting, so you’ll buy more of it. That works great in a consumer driven society as it keeps the economy going strong.
But, there’s also something deeper.
According to the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the five flavors all have different effects on the human body and mind.
- The pungent flavor has a dispersing effect
- The sour flavor has a stringent effect
- The sweet flavor has a retarding effect
- The bitter flavor has a strengthening effect
- The salty flavor has a softening effect
According to ancient knowledge a variety of flavors supports vibrant health and a properly functioning body and mind.
BUT… we have been literally overdosed with the sweet flavor, and its retarding (slowing) effect on us is quite evident.
We are suffering with high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor immunity and cancer, which have all been linked to excessive sugar consumption.
Plus we are growing slower in thought. Most folks are content sitting idle in front of the television, or latest social media feed, letting other people do the thinking for them.
It’s common knowledge that sugar causes a host of problems in the human body, so why on earth would we continue to over sweeten ourselves and inevitably head towards our own self-destruction?
Hmmmmmm, that’s something to think about.
While you are thinking about that, there are many naturally sweet foods that can quench our physical cravings, like fruit, that is a much healthier option than straight up sugar.
Fruit is sweet, abundant and naturally provided for us by the Earth.
There are also many sweet vegetables that can satisfy sweet cravings as well, like carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, parsnips and beets.
Here’s a sweet Apple and Beet salad recipe for you to help satisfy a sweet craving.
But, beyond food we need to look deeper.
No matter what we’re eating, until we find our own internal sweetness, we will always have external cravings.
I’m sure you’re wondering what internal sweetness is?
Internal sweetness is love, compassion and understanding.
We definitely need a little more sweetness in our world. But, how and where do we get it?
It could be as easy as:
- Learning to enjoy life a little bit more.
- Taking time to relax.
- Getting a massage to release some stress.
- Forgiving people that have hurt you.
- Stop working just for the money, and instead do work you love.
- Take a class and learn something new and exciting.
- Enjoy your friends and family, exactly as they are, without conditions.
- Love and honor people, regardless of the differences you may have.
- Love your self. Not in a narcissistic way, but with a deep and profound gratitude for your entire being and your journey here.
I’m willing to bet that if we truly loved life and all of the aspects of our existence, there would be much less desire for the excessive amounts of sweets we are eating.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a piece of chocolate cake once in a while!
Part of enjoying life is indulging occasionally. Just remember that too much indulgence, especially in the sweet stuff, can “retard” your health and your existence.
So… where is the sweetness in your life?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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