My Favorite “Sugar is Poison” Quote

As everyone embarks on their “get fit and eat healthy” New Years Resolutions, I’m reminded of my favorite quote about the worst non-food that people eat everyday: sugar.

William Dufty in his book Sugar Blues writes:

“After all, heroin is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the poppy and they refine it into opium and then they refine it to morphine and finally to heroin. Sugar is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the cane or the beet and they refine it to molasses and then they refine it to brown sugar and finally to strange white crystals.”

He also states:

“the difference between sugar addiction and narcotic addiction is largely one of degree.”

Giving up sugar should not be a New Years Resolution. You shouldn’t be eating it at all!

Once you get over the addiction of sugar, honey and fruit are plenty sweet and satisfying.


I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.


  1. Giving up sugar again, completely, is one of my goals. I’m taking it slowly though, since every time I give up a bunch of stuff at once I sabotage myself. I really like the quote though!

  2. Oh, I love the book Sugar Blues. When I was kicking the sugar habit, I read books like that, it really helped. Sugar is a bit os a monster for me. It took about two years for my tastebuds to detect the natural sweetness in vegetables.

  3. What a fantastic quote! I remember years ago when I first removed sugar from my diet, the sweetest things became carrots and parsnips. I always looked forward to roasting vegetables because it was like eating candy 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  4. Hey kat. DId you ever have chronic constipation due to your IBS, or was it always more D? I am thinking of attempting GAPS/SCD to help with my chronic weak and incomplete feeling bowel movements, but it seems like most people who use these diets do so because of the opposite problem!

  5. didnt mean to put my full name up but whatever 🙁

    Gotta be careful with the internet nowadays

  6. Cool, thank you for changing the name as well. HAve you known anyone on the web who has resolved chronic C with these diets? The only starch I am eating now is yams, as I recently eliminated what I thought were safe grains as well (white rice and quinoa). Well see how that goes but I also have an appointment with a really good ND ( Dr bryan walsh) who will hopefully set me on the right track. I think my diet falls in the 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbohydrate range. I have tried severley decreasing protein but that hasnt helped, and neither has any other alteration really.

    I am tired of hearing my doctor say its normal and some people dont even go for 2 or 3 days. That is not normal I dont think.

  7. @john B You might want to check out the GAPS yahoo group, http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GAPShelp/ and do a search for “constipation”. You’ll see a lot of people talking about how they resolved it or improved.

    Why not try adding in some juices first thing in the morning and see if that helps? Taking magnesium before bed can also help. And no, it’s not normal to go 2 or 3 days. Pretty awful what doctors consider “normal” these days ;).

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