Sugarcane in its most natural form is rich in vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately the sugar we eat contains nothing but energy also known as CALORIES! Sugar also promotes tooth decay. White granular sugar is commonly known as table sugar, but when its included in foods it’s often called sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose and maltose. Sugar is one of the most overused foods in the United States. It is estimated the average American eats for than 120 POUNDS of sugar per year! Then there is high fructose corn syrup, which is cheaper but no healthier than sugar. If you read food labels you will often see it as one of the primary ingredients in many food and drinks. We should control the amount of these sweeteners we consume, to make sure we don’t overload our bodies with excess calories or energy, which equates to weight GAIN. Sugar as well as (brown sugar which people believe is better for us) is found in the usual suspects such as cookies, soda, candies, cakes and ice cream. It is also found in peanut butter, ketchup, salad dressings, canned fruit and vegetable and cereals. With sugar and high fructose corn syrup so ubiquitous, its no wonder our cravings often become a form of dependency. This dependency,is caused by imbalances in your body and brain chemistry. Your body becomes used to it and begins to crave junk. When sugar in removed from your diet completely, you suffer withdrawl, feel deprived, maybe even depressed. These cravings can increase over time, and so can your waistline if you give in to them. The more sugar you eat, the more you want. The good news is you don’t have to completely nix sugar from your life.