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.
Sugar is dangerous for your health!
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.
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 is dangerous and 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 over consumption 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”, Sugar is a drug!
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.
Ya I agree wtih this. I have been avoiding lots of sugary tea which I used to have at least twice a day to avoid weight gain. But somehow sugar always gets in the way like through cereal or milk powder etc.
Hey Ben, your website is great and you have been doing such a great job spreading awareness. Indeed sugar is really bad for your body. My mother is diabetic and I am only in my 30’s but I have cut down sugar from my diet and try to eat healthy so it can keep me off the hook. Fresh and natural food is the best and consumes less sugar. I love the way you put this topic out there.
This was an interesting read! I stopped taking sugar or sweetened drinks 2 years ago because I know they are not healthy. I only consume fresh fruits, herbal tea or honey to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Yes, sugar and drugs have the same purpose. Definitely, sugar has an adverse effect on insulin and even diabetes but on top of it, animal food and animal-based food also have more adverse effect on diabetes. Bring down the sugar intake and one can experience a great deal of energy in physical health. I have experienced it. Nice post.