Most Americans consume way too much sugar. Even if you avoid the candy aisle, most processed foods contain an excessive amount of added sugars.
The BBC wrote a report called “The Truth About Sugar.” The report noted that a serving of Pad Thai noodles contained 9.5 teaspoons of sugar and a package of sweet and sour chicken with rice contained 12.5 teaspoons, which is more than a can of soda.
Even many baby foods contain large amounts of sugar, which puts our children on a trajectory towards lifelong sugar addiction and numerous health problems associated with excessive sugar. Many studies have shown how sugar acts like other addictive substances.
A 2019 study published in Scientific Reports stated that “Excessive sucrose consumption elicits addiction-like craving that may underpin the obesity epidemic.”
Sugar alters your brain chemistry
In this study, the scientists used PET imaging combined with beta-opioid and dopamine receptor agonists. The test subjects were miniature pigs, which have well-defined subcortical and prefrontal cortical regions. This gave the researchers the ability to translate their findings into human brain function.
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