Sugar..An Addictive Drug?


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Is it possible to be addicted to sugar? Moreover, can sugar be classified as a drug? Lately, I find myself constantly craving sugar.  Whether it is in the form of a drink or food, I need sugar to get through the day. What can I say? I guess I am addicted. Although the true question is, can sugar be compared to a drug?


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Researchers at Princeton University have been testing the idea that sugar is addictive on rats. They have discovered that the brains of animals that ingest large amounts of sugar undergo similar changes to the alterations in the brains of humans who abuse cocaine and heroin. The researchers observed that in taking large amounts of sugar caused a stream of dopamine in the brain, similar to the increase of dopamine from the use of drugs. When the rats were withdrawn from sugar, they became "anxious" and acted similar to being withdrawn from an illegal drug. The scary thing is, is that I find myself going through similar withdrawn symptoms as the rats when they are deprived of sugar.

It turns out it is possible to be a sugar-holic. Sugar is an addictive substance and could potentially become harmful, not only towards my health, but to my brain.

Even though the thirty-second sweet boost keeps me coming back for more, this sweet addiction needs to stop before it gets out of hand.

Bring on the veggies!


Sources

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-12-12/entertainment/17912875_1_sugar-dopamine-sweet-addiction

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/cocaine-users-face-risk-of-skin-rot-weakened-immuned-systems/

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I CAN COMPLETELY RELATE. When I was younger I constantly found myself stealing sugar packets from restaurants and inhaling them behind my parents' backs. After doing it to be funny for awhile, I began to actually crave the sugar. Luckily I got off the bad habit before it progressed!

I've always felt very guilty and gross after eating sugary foods like cookies, brownies, snickers... basically anything delicious! Do you think its my body or brain warning me that I could (or probably am) feeding an addiction? I definitely try to stay away, especially now that I know that it has detrimental effects to my health.

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