I admit it. When I first heard the phrase “sugar addict” being discussed in our offices, I thought it had to be a joke.
I mean, as someone who has a hard time saying “no” to my two favorite men – Ben and Jerry – I certainly welcome any excuse. But I thought it was just that – an excuse for a lack of willpower.
After reading more about it and understanding how sugar affects the body and its chemistry, I learned that it is a true addiction – physical and mental. In fact, it works in our bodies pretty much the same way a cocaine addiction does.
And it might surprise you (or at least it did me) to learn that switching to things like Equal and Sweet n’ Low (staples for most diabetics) doesn’t help at all. In fact, they make it even harder to beat a sugar addiction because they keep your body craving its “sweet fix.”
We started looking into all of this in greater detail about a month ago, when David Wales, the president of American BioSciences (the people who brought you AHCC-ImmPower) sent us a sample of a product his research team put together that was designed to help fight a sugar addiction.
The product, called Sugar Blocker, is actually a gum based around the herb Gymnema that blocks the taste of sweet on the tongue. By chewing the gum for 10 to 15 minutes and then putting something sweet in your mouth, you trick your body into thinking that sweets are no longer satisfying. After repeating this cycle several times, you stop craving the sugar.
This is a particularly exciting option for diabetics, for whom such a craving can lead to more than weight gain or cavities, but can actually be life-threatening.
All our members will get the full details on this exclusive story in the September Members Alert, which should hit your mailbox in a few weeks. But, because supplies are very limited, we wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to try it right away. David has agreed to give HSI members first priority in ordering Sugar Blocker because of our long-standing relationship, but there may not be enough to fulfill everyone with their first batch. For first dibs, call (800)422-5518 or (860)426-1518. A box of 30 costs US$14.95 plus US$5 shipping and handling. Because the product is just arriving from the manufacturer, it may take a few days for them to ship.