Is Sugar Addicting? Yes, Says Growing Body of Science

Is sugar addicting was answered recently by Bloomberg news writer, Robert Langreth, who focused on the addictive health issues of sugar starting out by stating, “Cupcakes may be addictive, just like cocaine.”

An increasing number of scientific studies have identified health risks associated with high fructose corn syrup-laced foods and addictive quality of sugary foods.

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) addressing the addictive nature of sugary foods stated, “The data is so overwhelming that the field has to accept it.” She emphasized that, “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”

Researchers have identified a specific neuropeptide called Orexin in our brains that causes cocaine addiction and will also cause sugar addiction.

I am starting to get the same feeling I had when they found the cigarette industry was lacing cigarettes with the highly addictive compound nicotine.  Now we have the food industry forcing high fructose corn syrup down our throats and guess what?

Fructose is a poison and addictive. Like other addictions, you can’t have just a little. You stop being addicted to sugar by removing it from your diet.

Obesity and diabetes are out of control with over 2/3 of our population overweight. And it’s the high sugar diets cloaked in the “low fat diet” that’s taking its toll on your body. And you thought that eating a low fat diet was good for you? It’s not.

Fructose, which is in normal table sugar, has been strongly associated with heart disease, cancer, increasing blood pressure, inflammation inside of blood vessels, raising dangerous triglyceride and VLDL levels and stuffing your liver with fat globules that ultimately paralyze your liver’s ability to detoxify your body.

Langreth summarized in his article, “If fatty foods and snacks and drinks sweetened with sugar and high fructose corn syrup are proven to be addictive (28 scientific studies this year have proven it by the way) food companies may face the most drawn out consumer safety battle since the anti-smoking movement took on the tobacco industry a generation ago.”

So if you are struggling with sugar cravings and can’t lose weight because of your uncontrollable desire to eat sweets, you need to understand that it may not be your fault.

Take a stand against eating these sugary, fructose laced foods. By being moderately obese, you reduce your lifespan by up to four years. Severely obese you can lose as much as a decade of your life.

Be proactive. Get rid of sweets in your house and focus on a lower carbohydrate approach. See how Stop-it can help you end the battle with sugar addiction.

 

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