Your chances of eating a healthy diet on a daily basis are largely dependent on the groceries you purchase. When hunger strikes, you will reach for what is close at hand.

There is a wealth of information available to guide you to wise choices, but much of it is quickly forgotten when you face a mouth-watering display of elegantly frosted cakes, thick steaks, and budget-friendly carb-heavy side dishes.

Of all the foods we love, sugar is our downfall. It’s sweet and instantly satisfying. It signals great things in life, like birthday cakes and festive squares and beloved family rituals.

It is also quietly undermining our efforts to live long and healthy lives.

Sugar can damage our hearts, negatively impact our ability to survive cancer, and slow our memory and cognitive skills, as evidenced in a host of controlled scientific studies.