Are you addicted to sugar?

Are you addicted to sugar?

  • Sugar is something we consume every day. Sometimes it is in foods and we don’t even realize it. Many times sugar is the main ingredient in the food we eat.
  • Every once in a while, we get an uncontrollable urge to indulge our sweet cravings, and sometimes we have the tendency to overdo it. Most processed foods, ice creams, cookies, and cakes contain high amounts of sugar.
  • For some, it goes beyond a simple craving and transforms into addiction.
  • Why do these foods become so addictive? Why can’t we control these urges to overeat?
  • There have been many questions within the scientific and medical community about whether these sugary foods are addicting the way drugs tend to be.
  • A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that foods with high sugar may in fact be addicting.
  • In the double-blind study, participants were given a low glycemic milkshake, and then a few days later, they were given a high glycemic milkshake.
  • The milkshakes were created to taste the same and have same amount of calories. The only difference was how quickly each milkshake spiked the blood sugar.
  • The participants did not know which milkshake they were given.
  • They received brain scans and blood tests after taking both of these milkshakes to check the reactions in their bodies. All the participants had the same results from the high glycemic milkshake, with a blood sugar spike and an increase in insulin levels. They also experienced strong cravings and hunger about four hours after drinking the milkshake.
  • These findings were not surprising. David Ludwig, author of Ending the Food Fight, and his colleagues at Harvard, in a  study, showed that foods that raise blood sugar even more than table sugar such as white flour, white potatoes and refined starch have what is called a high glycemic index. The high glycemic shakes made the nucleus accumbens light up in every single participant.
  • The results of this study show that foods that cause blood sugar spikes are addictive in their very nature.
  • Dr. Mark Hyman breaks down 5 clues that you may be addicted to sugar or processed foods:
  • 1.You consume certain foods even if you are not hungry because of cravings.
  • 2. You worry about cutting down on certain foods.
  • 3. You feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
  • 4. You have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food issues and yet keep eating the way you do despite negative consequences.
  • 5. You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions.



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