How Sugar Affects the Brain
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. That’s why moderation in all things is important. Organic food can still be very high in sugar and is often no better than regular food, so don’t be fooled.
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Imagine how society would function if drug dealers pumped 150 to 175 pounds of heroin per person per year into the veins of the elderly, the middle-aged, and the young alike. Legally. Well, sugar, an addictive substance that speeds along the same brain pathways as heroin, enters the food supply in those quantities. The result of this sugar surge is that more than one in three adults now has either Type 2 diabetes or its harbinger, pre-diabetes. Include those under age 18, and 105 million Americans are harboring a life-threatening blood-sugar disorder.
According to lead researcher and Princeton psychologist Bart Hoebel, PhD, “Our evidence from an animal model suggests that a binge on sugar can act in the brain in ways very similar to stimulant abuse.” As with any food issues, the sugar situation will only worsen barring drastic intervention and widespread lifestyle changes. Consuming too much sweet stuff is lighter fluid for Type 2 diabetes, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2050, the disease, in its full form, will inhabit as many as one in three U.S. adults. Add in the far more numerous pre-diabetics, and you may be hard-pressed to find anyone with healthy glucose metabolism by the middle of the 21st century.
According to Tennie McCarty, the founder and CEO of the eating disorder treatment center Shades of Hope, Marie is not alone. “Often we will see addicts switch off from one thing to another, whether that other thing is nicotine or sugar or other foods,” McCarty says. “Not everyone will take it to the depths that they have taken their primary vice.”
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You’ve made the decision to cut out sugar and now you feel horrible. Withdrawal symptoms or increased cravings are not uncommon, but do subside with time.
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