Study says people addicted to sugar should be treated just like drug abusers

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blood-sugar(NaturalHealth365) Most of us are aware of the draw and allure of foods that are high in sugar. Whether you have a weakness for sugary drinks or your downfall is cakes, pies or cookies, it turns out that there’s a scientific reason why you find these sugary foods so hard to resist. (And, knowing why is the ‘key’ to breaking the addiction)

Scientists have now proven that the effects of glucose on the body are tantamount to an addiction – just like an addiction to cocaine, tobacco, morphine or any other habit-forming drug.

Addictive effects of sugar similar to cocaine – actually worse

An Australian study recently confirmed the effects of a sugary addiction as being similar to drugs such as opiates. As a result of their findings, they believe a ‘sweet’ addiction should be treated just like any other drug addiction. They also found that there is a phase of withdrawal from sugary foods that’s not unlike what occurs when someone quits drugs “cold turkey.”

More specifically, sugar affects the brain not unlike cocaine does, say researchers. In fact, some research indicates that it could be even more addictive than cocaine. The study out of Queensland University of Technology found that an excess of glucose increases dopamine levels in the brain just like cocaine does.

Over time, just like cocaine, ingesting sugary foods – on a regular basis – can lead to a drop in baseline dopamine levels. Consequently, those addicted to sweets will need more and more sugary foods in order to achieve the same dopamine rewards and avoid a feeling of depression. (it’s a vicious cycle)

Excess sugar consumption already linked with diabetes and obesity

A separate study conducted by the same researchers found chronic sucrose exposure caused eating disorders and other behavior changes. One of the researchers, neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, believes that medications effective in treating nicotine addiction could also be helpful in treating sugar addiction.

The effects of sugar on the body include weight gain, obesity, high blood sugar and diabetes. However, there is a psychological component to sugar consumption in that it disrupts brain chemistry, mood, motivation, impulse control and the brain’s reward center.

But, wait, there’s more you need to know…

Effects of sugar on the body confirmed as biochemical

These recent findings contradict a 2014 Edinburgh University study that found sugar addiction was psychological, not biochemical. However, other animal studies have shown that rats addicted to cocaine (administered via an IV) almost always switched to sugar instead if it was offered to them.

These studies confirm what many of us have suspected all along – that sugar is highly addictive. The study authors hope the new data will pave the way for treatments and solutions to assist those with a sweet tooth in overcoming the addictive component of sugar’s grip.

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  • Harriet Parson

    Breaking a sugar addiction is very hard. The America diet is basically high in sugar and sodium. I have found the more sodium I consume, the more I need sugar. This may be part of the master plan to get everyone addicted.

  • Fran R

    I am signing up for the Sweet Freedom summit. I would be delighted if I could give up sugar. It is not like I haven’t tried, it just is that I have not succeeded.

  • Mandy Edison

    My niece is a sugar addict and she is only 8 years old. The dinner is left on the table, but the dessert is gobbled up. Soda is the only thing she will drink.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are full of sugar and if it isn’t she will not touch it. Pop tarts, cake and cookies make up most of her calories. The problem is the family is also hooked on this substance so they allow it to go on.

    • PatriciaOrmsby

      I was a little luckier, but probably average for my generation, now in our late fifties. Sugar was restricted to breakfast, desserts after eating a proper(ish) lunch or dinner and a rare snack at special times. It was a reward for good behavior. To my father and mother, sweets were something they had for dessert once in a while when growing up. My father saw how I was reacting to sugar and criticized my mother for using it as a reward. Back then, there was no word for “addiction” with perhaps the exception of tobacco, alcohol and hard drugs. But having this pointed out by my father, even at a young age I knew something was wrong. Still,my health was ruined by it in ways I had no idea about (having indulged my addiction virtually every day of my life) until I tried out a low-carb diet. It was a once-a-day reward meal approach, but even so, brought such a radical reduction in the amount of sweets I was eating (we receive many from friends, and they just started stacking up) I became aware of how they had come to utterly dominate my eating. I started eating lots of vegetables for the first time in my life, when before I would have just grabbed a snack.
      The once-a-day “reward meal” binge was a problem. Where I was free to indulge it, my addiction to sweets was highly visible and remarked on by people who had no idea how much sweet junk they themselves were eating little by little. Where I was not free, and a delicate little tea tartlet brought out by a loving hostess would be my “reward meal” it was torture. But both provided extra impetus to deal with the addiction somehow. (The “loving hostess” thing is still a big problem in a gift-giving and receiving culture.)

  • Nancy H

    Better yet simple carbs not only turn into sugar, they make you hungry. What a racket the food industry has. By the way the pharmaceutical companies play a big part in making the concoctions that go into processed foods.