Most of us eat it everyday.
It is in almost everything and we love it!
But it could be killing us and according to scientists, giving it up might be pretty hard.
Via The Telegraph:
Sugar addiction should be treated like drug abuse, new research has revealed.
Scientists have discovered drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could be used to treat sugar addiction.
“Like other drugs of abuse, withdrawal from chronic sucrose exposure can result in an imbalance in dopamine levels and be as difficult as going ‘cold turkey’ from them.”
“Excess sugar consumption has been proven to contribute directly to weight gain. It has also been shown to repeatedly elevate dopamine levels which control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres in a way that is similar to many drugs of abuse including tobacco, cocaine and morphine.
“After long-term consumption, this leads to the opposite, a reduction in dopamine levels. This leads to higher consumption of sugar to get the same level of reward.
“We have also found that as well as an increased risk of weight gain, animals that maintain high sugar consumption and binge eating into adulthood may also face neurological and psychiatric consequences affecting mood and motivation.
“Our study found that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs like varenicline, a prescription medication trading as Champix which treats nicotine addiction, can work the same way when it comes to sugar cravings.”
Yes. Sugar is as addicting as drugs and smoking.
That certainly explains my love of chocolate chip cookies and cake!
Supposedly cutting out sugar is good for you. I’ve never been able to fully kick the habit.
But obesity is a problem, and if some people are actually addicted to sweets than maybe this will help.
Though, I feel that this is one medicine that a spoonful of sugar will not help go down!
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