Why Sugar is Worse For You Than Cocaine

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Well…well…well…that got your attention didn’t it? Let me explain how I came to this opinion on sugar:

In university I took a biopsychology course that blew my mind. Although it was ridiculously difficult it was worth it because it was also ridiculously interesting and has been super helpful throughout in my life and when coaching clients. In this course, we learned how substances (legal and illegal) react with your brain and how your body is stimulated by different things. This course made it very clear for me the dangers of addiction.

One of the craziest lessons we had was an analysis of sugar and cocaine and the reward system that is triggered by ingesting both substances. It definitely made me more aware of my sugar habits and triggered me to abide by a sugar free diet for a long time. I won’t bore you with extended science on this, but I will list some fun facts about sugar that all of us need to be aware of:

1. Sugar floods the brain with dopamine, which stimulates the same reward centers in your brain as drugs of abuse such as cocaine.

2. Sugar creates a craving for more sugar, and the more of it you ingest the more you can tolerate.

3. Functional MRI scans of people’s brains have proven that the same areas light up as a response to a cue or craving when people eat sugar as they do for other drugs of abuse.

4. Sugar is readily available and many people binge eat it, which is another common sign of an addiction.

5. Sugar is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream as it doesn’t require much energy to digest, which leads to high blood glucose levels (which can lead to type 2 diabetes) and leads to a temporary euphoric feeling otherwise known as a “sugar high.” As your blood sugar stabilizes your body will then crave more sugar to get back to this high feeling.

6. Sugar withdrawal symptoms include: headaches, aches and pains (flu like symptoms), mood swings, even mild tremors. How much sugar you consume will have an effect on how bad the withdrawal is.

7. Studies are now linking sugar to a variety of diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Sugar that is not used is stored directly as fat on your body.

Now that you know these facts, I encourage you to join me on my March ‘Sugar Detox Diet’ to see how you feel without sugar in your life. My detox includes eliminating all added sugar from my diet. I also limit my fruit intake to 1 serving a day and choose fruit that is lower in sugar . Please keep in mind that all of the info I am giving you is based on my own research and knowledge — feel free to explore the links below for more information on this topic so you can form your own educated opinion on your health.

Let me know if you have any questions!

References:
https://authoritynutrition.com/10-similarities-between-junk-foods-and-drugs/

http://www.sugar.ca/Nutrition-Information-Service/Consumers/How-Much-Sugar-Do-Canadians-Eat.aspx
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lower-sugar-intake-to-less-than-5-of-daily-calories-who-says-1.2560639
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/how-toxic-is-sugar-1.1894262
Sugar and cocaine study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23719144

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