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Never Eat Sugar When You are Hungry

Updated on March 18, 2010

In America, it is very common for children to go home and eat candies/cakes when they arrive from school. There is always a supply.

This is the one thing I have never allowed my son to do and I had to train him again and again and watch him like a hawk until the thought/habit was instilled in him. Occasionally he would, but he recovers from it.

I suspect that along with obesity this is one of the reasons there is such a large segment of the population with insulin independent diabetes, however no long term study has been conducted to validate this hypothesis.

Glucose is a small molecule that freely passes the blood brain barrier. When we feel hungry, it is literally the brain saying "feed me". The tendency to grab a candy bar in response to hunger is exactly a response to that.

When table sugar [sucrose] is ingested in any form, it is cleaved into glucose and fructose. The fructose is converted to glucose.

There is an immediate increase in blood sugar and the body responds by producing insulin to take up the extra glucose from the blood. This the body's mechanism to prevent prolonged exposure of hemoglobin to the extra sugar in the blood, as this would cause glycosylation of terminal peptides in the hemoglobin molecules effectively impairing its main function, to bind oxygen.

Repeated production of insulin in response to increased sugar level "down-regulates" the insulin receptors. This means they do not respond as well to the normal insulin level. What this means is that the body is forced to make more insulin to get the same effect.

Because it is not due to the body not producing enough insulin, rather the unresponsiveness of the the receptors to insulin, it is called non insulin dependent diabetes.

The key to alleviate hunger before any meal is to take something with lots of fiber. I do not recommend eating fruits either as they have fructose.

I recommend eating something like a carrot or a piece of meat or something with protein. A glass of milk is much, much better, or a boiled egg. You will alleviate the hunger and that will buy enough time for a proper meal. Or a toast would do.

A caveat. Eating something with a sugar substitute is no healthier and a worse alternative, in my opinion.

For some methods of losing weight without having to diet It is here

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      factsknowing 5 years ago from Jos

      This is fine. Thanks

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Hi, Jenny,

      Because the live performs, simultaneously, a minimum of 500 unique reactions at any one time, it is an organ that has to be able to repair itself well.

      I am glad you are eating healthier and feeling better.

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your insights.

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      I used to eat so much chocolate and sweets .. before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now I have to eat healthy and exercise, but it is amazing how much I enjoy healthy food. I have lost almost 20lbs .. and I am feeling great. Check me out on FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Diabeties-Cure/...

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you Tonipet. To stave hunger away, you can have nuts..then the dried fruits..

      I am glad you liked the hub.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      A very informative hub. I love sweets and I eat it anytime. I bring with me dried fruits to keep me from starving as sometimes I eat past the time. Your advices are a real help, I must be paying attention. Thank you. Very useful, informative and interesting. Cheers msorensson.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Vinner!

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      Very useful article. I am from a family with diabetes history. Thanks for sharing

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Candy hungry ..your brain is telling you it is hungry for glucose, and it is, so you can supply it, but not from processed sugar..protein would be best..a little bit of protein. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

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      saitam 5 years ago from Lisbon

      That is truly useful information. I did know a little about this but sometimes it is hard to fight the "candy hungry"

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thanks Keri. I am glad you enjoyed it and it is very important that you remember to eat protein when you are hungry, most of the time.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      I know I feel absolutely rubbish sometimes after eating something sugary on an empty stomach, for the next few hours. Can't think straight, light-headed and giddy. Sometimes I feel fine, but it's not worth the risk. But this Hub has helped me to understand the mechanisms better, and because of that I'm less likely to risk it. I'll go for an oatcake instead of a sweet biscuit. Very informative thank you. Up, useful, interesting.

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      dare2baware 5 years ago from UK

      It isn't only children who have a high sugar intake. It's also most adults. VERY unhealthy !!!

      http://www.dare2baware.com/refined-sugar-toxic-swe...

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      Good sound advice, thank you!

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      Oh, boy. Now I am scared to eat sugar. How much is too much? Luckily, I was raised not to eat too much sugar.

      This is a really great, and thought provocking, hub.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thanks!! I appreciate!!

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      You did it well,I will take your advice.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, Caltex!! Yes..better eat protein when hungry...

      Thank you for the comment.

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      caltex 6 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks for the info. I do have the bad habit of eating just anything - a lot of times, ice cream - when I go hungry. From hereon, I will stay away from sweets when I am starving. Thanks again!

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thanks It is not so much as controlling the appetite as it is not eating sugar loaded food when hungry. Thank you!!

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Yes you right , this wrong habitat of eating sugar may lead to increase the risk of diabetes and increasing body weight .

      You have to control your appetite!

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Martie, Thank you. It is most challenging because the brain insists that it be fed right away...it is the brain, not the tummy...

      Ideally and theoretically of course, all of us can live on water for two weeks so just think of this when the brain tells you it is hungry and you are being offered sweets.

      Do not be too hard on yourself.

      The best way really is not to get hungry...really hungry...so eat something all through out the day.

      The dried meat or soup before dinner we had when we were little, not candies. My mother would not allow it.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, Melinda, this is one of my seven sins – I tend to grab a chocolate whenever I feel hungry at work. Just to find myself half an hour later flat, dizzy, tired and sometimes terribly sick until I’ve rescued myself with some protein. One of my New Years resolutions is not to do this. I’ve stocked my offices with protein-enriched cereals and dried meat (biltong). Proteins keep me strong and brisk for hours. When I really want sugar, I’ve decided to eat a banana. This works for me... if I can only resist the temptation to buy a chocolate when the lady-with-the-sweets comes around. Melinda, I appreciated this informative and encouraging hub of yours tremendously. Take care!

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you oceansunsets. Indeed this is what I insist that my son does, eat protein when hungry instead of sugary snacks.

      Sugar can be addictive, yes, but it is much better to take it than the artificial sweeteners.

      Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Sugar seems to be so addictive, and I think this is a great hub! I think it is wise to grab a glass of milk or a hard boiled egg too. That seems much wiser and healthier for the body. Thank you for sharing this, it may really help people to avoid diabetes and help their health overall.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      wow...that is so cool that you have gotten rid of the desire for sweet!!

      Thanks for dropping by, Springboard.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Interestingly, while I had a major penchant for sweets as a kid, as an adult I can take them or leave them. When I'm looking for a snack, I'm looking for meat. Go figure. )

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thanks so much and welcome to hubpages!!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 7 years ago from Europe

      Its an awesome hub and I love the choice of your topic. Keep it up..

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Kaze..yes, please do. Thank you.

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      Kaze 7 years ago

      Finally, I've found somebody who puts this topic up.

      Thanks much. I've learned a lot from it :)

      Anyway, can I link this hub to my facebook page?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Wow..that is discipline BkCreative.

      I do like sweets sometime. The bread pudding for one. When I go to the supermarket, I go to the sweets section and feast my eyes on them but don't buy...

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Much appreciated.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Such smart advice and how awful that we have allowed ourselves to offer mass-produced sugar 'snacks' to our children. We no longer think of a piece of fruit or a boiled egg as a snack. It is junk-food - and our children are suffering.

      Great tips - as I am getting hungry and my first thought was to reach for something sweet to tide me over - instead I had some water and I am getting ready to dice some tofu (protein as you suggest) and make a quick noodle soup - and relax a bit.

      Rated up. Always great to come to your hubs.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      You are so sweet. Thank you, hopmoney.

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      Hopmoney wizard 7 years ago from barak

      im your fan!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I am glad you like it, hopmoney. Thanks!!!

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      Hopmoney wizard 7 years ago from barak

      oh my you did a good job here learned so much. i did a lot of reviews about supplement and all of them are natural weight loss that derived from plants and fruit and this is good also in stabilizing glucose. i remember every time a eat so much sugary food i noticed a sudden change in behavior i became hyper talked a lot and moved a lot its no good! LOL

      http://misterburkete.blogetery.com/

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you GmaGoldie,

      Yes, diabetic patients have to be monitored very well..

      Thanks for much for dropping by.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hey Holle,

      That would be common.. trouble sleeping...

      Drink camomille tea...take a hot bath, drink milk with some honey.

      Uh...you need carbs...20 grams is too little...you can have more..honestly.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      This is excellent! I have a friend who fights this disease - will email to him.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I came back to add:

      I'm eating only about 20 grams of carbs on most days now, and I feel much better! I'm losing weight and have more energy. The only problem is that now I have trouble sleeping.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh, wow, you are so very smart, habee. Wow.. if all of us would do that we would all be healthier!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great info. If I eat a small portion of fish, meat, or other high protein food when I'm hungry, my hunger quickly dissipates.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      It's okay to do so once in a while but NOT when you are hungry.

      There is great sense and sensibility in eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Your body never feels deprived. Then you can eat your chocolates :-)

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Good thing I don't eat sweet things, well other than a bit of chocolate here and there Melinda.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      @Tina..once in a while it is okay...we all do this..

      @Lita diabetes is manageable...

      @creativeone59..yes..this is very common in America..type II

      Thank you all for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much Melinda,for this hub on sugar, because I have type 2 diabetes and trying to teach my childrene and grandchildren the right things about eating to much sugar. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed.creativeone59

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Voted this useful. I'm a diabetic and I'm open to reading good articles that teach me how to manage my condition. Educating myself along this ailment is now my preoccupation. I blog about my struggles and I appreciate articles like this one. I consider seriously the information the videos offer, too. Thank you.

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      I'm one of those guilty persona who eats sweets or candies even when I'm hungry because of the busy work schedule. It's good that I'm not yet diabetic. But your hub just reminded me not to abuse it. Thank you. Have a great week!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Rose.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Well written full of information, good hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, malebeautyforum :-)

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      malebeautyforum 7 years ago from Toronto,Ontario

      Loved reading this hub, very well written and it's oh so true on the sugar thing...

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Tony!!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent Hub and I learned a lot from it. Thanks so much for putting this information together in such an accessible way.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Katiem, Thank you. Sugar per se is not really bad for you. The body recognizes it as "not foreign" so it processes it very well, not like the artificial sweeteners.

      It is when the body gets into the mode of wanting sugar for the brain that the immediate tendency is to supply it with what we are accustomed to, sweets.

      Yes the best food is what is fresh and some day I would follow my two older sisters who are vegetarians.

      I do not eat a lot of meat, neither does my son, but we do eat meat.

      Thank you for stopping by!!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great HUB! i never have sugar around, not drinks or food, unless fruit. It is my opinion that sugar is very bad for the human body and it makes me especially sad to learn that children eat so much sugar, NOT my two girls. One is a vegeterian as am I and the other is borderline, chemical free and sugar free. The earth has such and amazing variety of wonderful and healthy fruits. My kids LOVE fruit! Thanks and Peace :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Billy :-)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      This is a great nutritional hub Melinda - so many people fill up on sugar and the splurge of diabetes is devastating - thanks for alerting us.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Nell!!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is really interesting, this is the first time that I have ever read the real reason behind the way sugar can cause diabetes. The videos, and the explaination. Great stuff. rated up, purely because You explained it so well, and I learned something new! lol I love knowledge, I suck it up like a sponge!! LOL cheers nell

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, GPage, it is because it is because of the lack of time...a product of our society...

      One caveat, GPage, it would be better for them to have the real sugar instead of sugar substitutes.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      This is a very good hub. I think if people really knew what they were doing, they would make better choices. It is a battle with my kids every day when it comes to snacking. I try really hard, but it is difficult especially when they are hungry!

      Best, GPAGE

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, General Howitzer :-)

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Wow I knew about this from you thanks for sharing this Ma'm!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Lisa, yes, it is quite widespread in the US.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, oliversmum, I am glad you are training the children to not eat cakes and candies when they are hungry.

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      msorensson, this Hub was of particular interest to me. Diabetes runs in my mother's family. I thought I'd add this one to my FB. :)

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      msorensson. Hi. This is a great hub with wonderful information. I do love sweets, but try and limit my intake.When my grandchildren arrive home from school, they are only allowed fruit before their dinner, which I believe to be a good thing. Thank you for sharing. :) :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, ngureco :-)

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      ngureco 7 years ago

      Good for educating me. Sugar is good for the body but it’s also a poison for the body. The idea is to learn when to have it and when not to have it.

      Thank you for your good hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, thanks, someonewhoknows, I am glad you pointed that out.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Don't forget,thyroid hormone controls all of our bodies other hormonal activity.A lack of enough thyroid hormone can cause a host of metabolic problems including diabetes.

      Weight gain due to slow metabalism. Insulin is a hormone that be lower than normal due to low thyroid hormone.

      Testoserone and estogen are the sex hormones.

      Then there's seritonin that makes us feel good also and meletonin in the skin that also has a role in our overall health.I'm sure there are others that I'm missing,but then you can always google the word hormones to find out for yourself.

      Treating the symptoms of disease is not stopping the disease,just managing it.Hopefully we can do better than that.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, loveofnight!!

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      once again you are educating me,thank you.there is a lot of valuable info here that i will make a point of remembering.....

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, DeBorrah :-)

      Blessings!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Msorensson, Very Good Hub! You have presented some vital information that is very helpful! Healthy eating is really important! Excellent job! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Peggy :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very true that sugary things are not good to alleviate hunger. In fact after the spike in blood sugar the blood sugar falls and actually creates more hunger. Good carbs and protein are much better and keep the blood sugar in better balance. Good hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hey, Mickey,

      Thank you for dropping by.

      Honey is good and I am glad you are not allergic to it.

      We can have some sugar, just not a lot. But this is true of everything.

      The simple truth is that everything whether it is carbohydrates, protein or fat that we do not use gets converted to fat and stored as fat. No way around it.

      Oh. live a little, Mickey!!! Of course you can have espresso!!

      You can even have strawberries with a little sprinkled confectioners sugar on top of it!!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I'm trying to eliminate sugar completely. I'm using honey right now in my espresso. I know- I shouldn't have espresso- I have to have some vice. This is a great hub. Thanks for working on this!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      We need a little of it, breakfastpop. It is much, much better than artificial sweeteners.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      As far as I am concerned sugar is poison!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      We need a little of it, Gabby. Natural sugar is better than sugar substitutes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      gabby123456789 7 years ago

      because its not heathy

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Lionel,

      Thank you! Wish you a great week,

      Melinda

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      Lionel Basque 7 years ago

      You have very interesting things to share, continue the excellent work you are doing.

      Have a wonderful week of joy and full of energy.

      lionel basque