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Can Sugar Trigger Addiction? - Part 1

Submitted by on October 22, 2009 – 4:50 amNo Comment

Check the truth that whether is sugar really addictive and how you can curb it.

As a child, I was a die hard lover of luscious chocolates; I hided a secret box beneath my bed in which I used to keep wrappers of covert candies. Though these days aren’t the same as my little childhood when I yearned candies and ate them secretly, things have not gone too far to. Even today, luscious taste for candies reclines in my tongue, but I no longer eat them secretly. Many times, I treat myself with York peppermint patties, jelly beans, candy corn whenever I am out. Now, don’t get me start on irresistible dark chocolates. Loads of people accept that they are addicted to sugar; even I stand amidst them, but is this craving similar to drug addiction? Well, may be yes. However, according to FDA, “In order for a substance to be an addiction, it has to cause a craving, be hazardous to your well-being, and even knowing that, you still use it.” Allen Levine, PhD, Director of the Minnesota Obesity Program at the University of Minnesota suggests that “If you use that definition, then certain foods—say, sugary and fatty ones—could fit.”

Experts explain sweet cravings as there is a probability that sweet cravings are a result of nostalgia- reminiscing whiff of grandma’s fresh cookies, habit- eating ice cream regularly for desert and chemical enticement that can be clearly experienced after eating sugar because of prickle in blood sugar. After sugar slosh inside, the brain executes serotonin- a feel good hormone. Hence, post sugar treat, we start feeling delighted. Dr. Levine explains that people say they are addicted to sugar “because they have a hard time giving it up.” In some cases, omitting sugar requires similar cognitive and behavior modification skills alike those who need to stop smoking and drinking alcohol.

Research conducted on rats reported that they showed signs of withdrawal like trembling and teeth babbling, when sugar water served to them till nine days was blocked. People who become successful in giving up their sweet addiction, tend to start feeling better and become happier. This is because “If you’ve given up sugar, you’ve likely replaced it with healthy foods that give you real energy. Sugar doesn’t energize; it can make you feel sluggish and fatigued,” suggests Lona Sandon, RD, Assistant Professor of nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and spokesperson for American Dietetic Association (ADA).

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