Dr. Nancy Appleton is the author of Suicide by Sugar and has documented an extensive list of reasons why sugar decreases health. These reasons are backed up by references to medical research.
More and more evidence is labeling dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as a form of Type 3 diabetes that’s associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Stephen Ilardi, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, wrote a blog post about the link between sugar and mental illness. Also, lots of books by nutritionally knowledgeable psychiatrists recommend avoiding sugar and flour as a means of preserving emotional stability. An example is The Chemistry of Joy by Dr. Henry Emmons.
This is tough news to take since I like giving chocolate as gifts to family and friends. The best alternative to deal with this situation seems to be reducing the total amount of sugar and flour that you eat, giving you an increased opportunity to eat small amounts of milk chocolate instead. Even better is dark chocolate, which has health benefits like reducing blood pressure.
Stevia is also a great choice for sweetening food and drinks. It’s safer than artificial sweeteners and can improve insulin sensitivity, reverse metabolic syndrome, and lower blood pressure. Truvia is made from an extract of the stevia leaf and is cheap and widely available.