Sugar dangerous for a diet
Diet,  Health

Sugar could be responsible for hunger and weight gain

Have you always been disappointed because this or that diet for weight loss is not working? Check the amount of sugar, corn sugar, fructose and other alike are in the ingredients of what you eat.
The sugar triggers your brain and makes you want more… more food… more sweet and more weight.
It has been said for a long time that fat is the enemy to be slaughtered in the war against obesity. In recent years, however, several studies have focused on the impact of sugar on health. According to several researchers, sugar is more dangerous than fat. Some even as far as to compare it to a poison or a drug!
The word is a bit strong, but indeed, consuming too much sugar would have adverse effects on insulin resistance, hypertension, waist circumference, obesity, and even diabetes. In general, these findings have been demonstrated in animals or in observational studies. Few clinical studies have shown that these effects are real in humans. Sugar as a poison
No need to wait until the evidence of the dangerousness of the sugar is clinically confirmed to reduce your consumption. Many organizations recommend consuming less added sugar than the average consumes.
An effective way to reduce your consumption is to focus on beverages such as water, coffee, tea, milk or enriched vegetable drinks instead of sweetened drinks or juices. For dessert, most often choose fresh fruit, yogurt, compotes, etc.

 

Many scientists argue that sugar would be more addictive than cocaine, but this is not unanimous among researchers.

Some researchers such as Serge Ahmed, director of research CNRS and neuroscientist, explain that the sugar addiction is undeniable. Questioned by the Express, this French specialist even believes that those who question this addiction would be at best incompetent at worst “financed by the sugar industry”.

If there is a scientific consensus on the dangers of overconsumption of sugar (obesity, caries,…), then the positions diverge when it comes to dependence on sugar and even more when it is a question of comparing it to that induced by hard drugs.

 

The “reward scheme”

Another argument for the addictive effect of sugar is the fact that it activates, in our brain, a circuit that is also activated by drugs. The reward circuit, as its name implies, rewards an action by a sensation of pleasure, produced by the secretion in our brain of a neurotransmitter: dopamine.

So sugar and drugs have the same purpose: to produce a sensation of pleasure that will encourage us to reiterate the experience. In one case, take back the drug, in the other, eat something sweet again.

Moreover, it is not for nothing that eating is sometimes a pleasure, the mere satisfaction of a gluttony, and not the immediate satisfaction of a natural need.

Tom Sander, professor emeritus of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, believes that if there is indeed the possibility of developing a certain habit of sweets, this is not an addiction like that which can develop for hard drugs.

 

See the full article on liberation.fr | Or a similar article in English on http://theconversation.com

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