Tuesday Bariatric Tips: Sugar Detox

Khalili Center - Sugar Detox

7 Facts

Do you, like many, struggle with feelings of addiction when it comes to sugar?

If you do, you are not alone! Sugar can be detrimental to any healthy diet. Knowing this information can help Bariatric surgery patients to resist sugar temptations even when it gets tough.

  1. Sugar may influence the same feel good brain chemicals as some street drugs including the brain chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.
  2. Sugar laden foods alter your body’s blood sugar regulation and may increase your likelihood to consume even more sugary foods.
  3. Natural sugars vs processed sugars produce typically the same result.
  4. Sensitize your palate to prefer less sugar by minimizing sugary foods in your daily diet.
  5. Slowly start enjoying the natural sugars occurring already naturally in whole foods with fruit, yogurts or cooked vegetables…
  6. Research shows that when you naturally incorporate more fruits and vegetables as well as blood sugar stabilizing protein in your meal planning your sugar cravings may subside.
  7. Exercise to help your mind remember healthier food choices.



  • Average American may consume 20 teaspoons a day!
  • Daily recommendation: 6-8 tsp occurring naturally from food.
  • ¼ tsp = 1 gram
  • YOUR GOAL: less than 5 grams of sugar per serving