Sugar: Friend Or Foe, You Be The Judge

Sugar: Friend Or Foe, You Be The Judge


Sugar might be sweet but the side-effects of it may not be as sweet as is tastes. Sugar has been dubbed as the tobacco of the 21st century – sugar kills.

Sugar is not only an ingredient for obesity and diabetes but is also a cause of addiction. This ingredient produces dopamine – a happy chemical. Once you get used to sugar intake, your craving for it increases without you even noticing that you are already a sugar-addict.  There is more to sugar than you think.

Read on and find out more about this sweet killer.

As good as sugar tastes and as friendly as it may seem to our tastebuds, it is simply terrible for us. I’m not talking about the sugar we might naturally find in foods as we eat them, I am instead referring to the added and refined sugar which accounts for the majority of our sugar intake.

Sugar cane has a very long history. Originally from Southeast Asia, it made its way to the new world with Christopher Columbus in 1942 on his voyage to the Dominican Republic. It grew well in this tropical environment and flourished all over the Caribbean – specifically in Brazil. Interestingly enough, many of the first people who were taken to be slaves from Africa were sent directly to work on sugar cane plantations (surely something to think about).


What’s The Deal With Sugar?

Over the past several years, there has been a tremendous amount of research coming out that shows us just how detrimental the extremely popular ingredient is to our health. In fact, many are calling sugar the tobacco of the 21st century.

Sugar in all of its processed forms — including but not limited to cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, glucose/fructose, saccharide, agave nectar, and most “honey” and “syrup” sold in stores — is not only one of the top contributing factors to the obesity and diabetes epidemic, but is also extremely addictive. Sugar produces dopamine in the brain, the “happy-feel-good” chemical.

People who are addicted need sugar to feel normal, and will go through withdrawal symptoms if they don’t get it. Interestingly, many people don’t even realize that they are even addicted to sugar because it is not yet common knowledge that sugar has this property, and let’s face it — it’s everywhere. Juice, soda, cereal, condiments, sauces, practically every processed and packaged food, it can be difficult to avoid and often times we are entirely unaware that we are even consuming it.

Is high fructose corn syrup really addictive? Is this why we can’t seem to get enough? Dr. Francesco Leri certainly seems to think so. Dr. Leri is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. On May 23 Dr. Leri presented his study that caused behavioural reactions in rats that linked to the same problems produced by addictive drugs.

Dr. Leri stated that, “Addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic.”Professor Leri also said, “We have evidence in laboratory animals of a shared vulnerability to develop preferences for sweet foods and for cocaine.”

David Kessler, a former head of the Food and Drug Administration, believes that sugar is just as addictive as cigarettes and he says that it is “highly pleasurable, it gives you this momentary bliss. When you’re eating food that is highly hedonic, it sort of takes over your brain.”

As mentioned above, sugar is largely to blame for obesity and diabetes, but did you know that there are many studies which show that cancer cells actually feed off sugar?

What’s the deal with Sugar and Cancer? Click next page to see the results of this current cancer research.

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