Sugar Cane or Cocaine? Sweet Tooth or No Tooth? Sugar Addiction is now being recognised as a real problem.
Scientists have found that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or morphine. Just like those hard-core drugs, getting off sugar leads to withdrawal and cravings, which can be hard to wean off.
Eating sugar and drug abuse changes the layout of our neuron brain cells in the same way. That impacts behaviour and then you can see the same dramatic change when you take sugar as you do when you take other drugs. When we have a sugar addiction, our brain releases dopamine, which is what leads to cravings. Dopamine is also released when we take a hit of drugs and it makes us feel pleasure and attachment to what we’ve consumed. After long-term drug or sugar abuse, the dopamine levels drop, which leads to higher consumption of a substance because you are trying to get that pleasurable feeling back. This means you can get addicted to sugar, the same way you get addicted to drugs.
Sugar is linked to obesity, hypertension, high blood -pressure, depression, headaches, fatigue and tooth decay. Nevertheless, many people might not even know they have a problem.
We already know that sugar is a leading factor when it comes to obesity and the latest World Health Organisation figures tell us 1.9 billion people in the world are overweight and 600 million are considered obese. Excess sugar consumption has been proven to contribute directly to weight gain.
Here are some signs that you might be addicted to sugar.Even if you’re not hungry, you eat sweet foods because you crave them.
- You know you should cut down on sweet stuff but can’t imagine getting through the day without it.
- If you don’t have your daily fix, you start to feel bad and it’s all you can think about until you give in and have something sweet.
- You feel tired and sluggish after you overindulge.
- You need more and more of these foods to get pleasure from them – a couple of biscuits are not enough.
- You have health problems due to your diet (for example, you’re obese) and keep eating high-sugar foods even though you know you are making things worse.