Sugar in the diet has become a very controversial subject, the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg tried to ban sodas over 20 ounces, he believed that the excess sugar from soda has led to our worldwide obesity crisis. Is this blaming of the sweetener as the cause of obesity accurate? According to researchers sugar is still the safest sweetener when consumed in moderation but there is a problem, there are many who use sugar in the diet at levels that go beyond what can be described as moderate, some have an addiction to the sweetener and this can cause major health problems.
How strong is sugar?
Researchers in France wanted to test what reaction the sweetener causes in the brain, what they discovered was completely stunning, the French researchers found that the sweetener had a stronger effect on the brain than the highly additive and illegal drug cocaine. When animals were forced to choose between cocaine and sugar the animals chose the sweetener, what was even more alarming was that those who were already addicted to cocaine still chose the sweetener over the drug. Sugar in the diet can be a stronger addiction than a narcotic drug and it does horrible things to the body at high dosages.
Excess sugar can cause insulin resistance and obesity, the sweetener is safe in moderation but the amounts that have become normal in many people diets is troubling. Researchers in Berlin showed that 2 cans of soda a day can cause 10 pounds of weight gain in only 6 weeks, 2 cans of soda equals 24 teaspoons of sugar. It is easy to become addicted to this sweetener because it has been added to almost all foods and is highly addictive.
The addiction is real and it starts in the brain, stopping this addiction is not easy, if you have been abusing sugar in the diet
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