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Why Is Sugar So Addictive?

Published on: 8 October 2014 by Nutrition Nation

Nutrition Nation Sugar Addiction

An overwhelming amount of research indicates that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, tobacco and other drugs explains Nutrition Nation Founder, Dilal Ranasinghe. It's no wonder why so many products contain sugar, most of it hidden in sodas and processed foods. For this reason, millions of people are struggling to beat sugar cravings and tame their ‘sweet tooth’.

Is Sugar A Drug?

Eating sugar leads to a vicious circle. For instance, you crave sugar, have a cookie, lose control, and end up eating more than you planned. According to recent ongoing scientific research, sugar is the new tobacco and scientists claim that consumption of sweets is just as addictive as heroin. This makes it a serious problem, explains Dilal.

This popular ingredient increases the production of dopamine and opioids in the brain, causing binging, cravings, withdrawal, and cross-sensitization. A diet rich in sugar can lead to unhealthy eating patterns, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. For those who want to lose weight, sugar cravings can be a real challenge. This substance causes behavioral and neurochemical changes that affect your health on long term basis.

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What are the other side effects of Sugar?

 Sugar has been called the silent killer. This addictive commonly used food causes weight gain, feeds cancer cells, and speeds up the aging process. Scientists believe that sugar is one of the main factors responsible for the obesity epidemic worldwide.

This substance not only makes you fat, but also increases your risk of developing serious medical conditions including cancer, liver disease, type II diabetes, inflammation, childhood hypertension, high triglycerides, and abdominal obesity. Additionally, recent studies suggest that eating sugary foods turns off your body's appetite-control system, so you won't be able to tell when you're actually hungry.

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How Do You Get Rid of Sugar?

 If you’re concerned about your health, avoid sugar as much you can.

  • Replace it with stevia and even raw honey.
  • Choose fruits instead of refined sweets.
  • Prepare your own desserts and stop eating cookies, baked goods, and candies. 

 For any further information on Sugar and how to control your intake, please contact Dilal @ Nutrition Nation.

Author: Nutrition Nation

Nutrition Nation is the go-to resource centre for people looking to improve their lifestyle through food choices. At Nutrition Nation, our mission is to transform the health and lifestyles of people in Hong Kong by providing individuals and families with food education, food planning, shopping guidance, and on-going nutritional advice. We want to educate clients on the importance of eating the right food and making long-term lifestyle changes; this will create a healthy mind-set for all our clients so as to help them maintain a balanced life, therefore eliminate the need for fashionable crash and extreme diets.


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