Can you stop sugar? We were told we should, but it is very difficult to do. This is because when our taste buds detect sugar: fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, etc., in our language, the so-called signal sweet is processed by the reward system of the brain – the same reward system is activated by sex, drugs and alcohol. Sugar is one of the few foods that activates the brain’s reward system, and is one of the reasons why we get hooked and then find it so difficult to give up.

In this article we will show that the brain’s reaction, while is sugar. you will notice some similarities that a person reacts the same way in the brain PET scan that sugar as do cocaine that causes addiction. Surprised?

brain on sugar

  1. Sugar against cocaine

the photo below is a PET (positron emission tomography) scan of the brain. This shows that a person reacts in the same way sugar, as do cocaine, causing addiction.

  1. An analysis of dopamine

Dopamine – this chemical is produced in the part of our brain that related to the “prize”. In this brain PET scanner, dopamine is indicated by the red areas, which are more in the normal brain. You can notice that dopamine levels peak when a person “experiences a reward” for example, eating a good meal. For addicts, the opposite is true: that peak in dopamine only comes in anticipation of the reward, rather than the actual reward itself. Later, once the reward is achieved, the effects were blunted because the brain has been flooded with dopamine, as he thought about eating.

  1. Brain comparisons: Long vs Addict

First, let’s compare dopamine receptors in the brain of each, between addicts and non-addicts. The images in the top row in the brain PET scan come from patients with addiction disorders, and the bottom row are from non-addicts.

PTE These brain scans show that addicts have fewer dopamine receptors average (D2 receptors) in the brain, so the weaker dopamine signals are sent between cells. His reward answer is not as sensitive as a normal person, who are not addicted. And they think they can compensate for excess consumption of what they are addicts. This is what sugar does to your brain -. Exactly the same as smoking, alcohol and cocaine do

  1. How bad is sugar for you?

The Centers for Disease Control project a twofold increase or triple times in the proportions of Americans with diabetes in 2050. Worldwide, affecting more of 380 million people. And the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double. Today, diabetes takes more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined – claiming the life of one American every three minutes. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure and stroke.


The SCIENCE explains what happens to your brain IN SUGAR first appeared time GlobalHealthyUnited .

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