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Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

Most people think of the term āsugar addictionā as a joke, an endearing term to give to the friend of family member with a particularly strong sweet tooth. But, in all seriousness some scientists believe that such an addiction is possible. Laboratory-controlled studies about the subject have, for the most part, been limited to lab animals, so it has yet to be fully tested in animals.

But, indications show that even people are susceptible to power of sugar in their system.  Sugar is a substance capable of releasing the brainās natural opioids (such as endorphin), and as such the brain isnāt actually getting addicted to sugar so much as itās getting addicted to the chemicals it releases itself each time sugar is ingested. Sugar is just the best way it knows how to release those chemicals. Sure, sugar addiction is nowhere near on the same level of intensity as things such as nicotine or heroin addiction, but itās enough to raise some eyebrows in the medical community.

Now comes the big question: So what Whatās the big deal if youāre addicted to sugar Itās not like youāre taking narcotics. Who really cares For starters, you should.  Sugar, especially in higher doses, can have adverse effects on your health, causing fatigue (weāve all experienced that post sugar-buzz low), obesity, immune-system suppression, and can even lead to diabetes.

The good news is, other than a rabid craving for sweets, cutting sugar from your diet will have no adverse side effects. No headaches or irritability like with caffeine, and certainly no cold sweats and vomiting like some elicit drugs.

If understood further, the findings on sugar addiction could hold larger implications for other food addicts such as compulsive overeaters and binge eaters.

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