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5 reasons sugar is addictive

| September 11, 2012 | 4 Comments
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Check your pantries re-evaluate your fridge and rethink the Easter basket! Are there refined carbohydrates at every meal? Breads, condiments, processed foods and a sugar drink to wash it down?

That needs to change and here’s 5 Reasons Sugar Is Addictive:

1-Sugar stimulates the brain’s pleasure or reward centers through the neurotransmitter dopamine exactly like other addictive drugs.

2-Brain imaging shows that high-sugar foods work just like heroin, opium our morphine in the brain.

3- Foods high in sweets stimulate the release of the body’s own opioids (chemicals like morphine) in the brain.

4-People develop a tolerance to sugar- they need more and more of the substance to satisfy them. This is also true of drugs such as alcohol and heroin.

5-People experience “withdrawal” when they are suddenly cut off from sugar, just like detoxifying from drugs.

 

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Carrie Chacon is the founder and Chief Nutrition Officer of SNAC and a certified Clinical Nutrition Consultant with over 20 years experience in the health and wellness industry. SNAC is currently being used in the Oceanside Unified School District and included as part of the Girls Scouts Wellness badge. Chacon has 2 very active kids and is currently pursuing a life degree in parenting. The ever-changing curriculum keeps her on her toes, but she loves the challenge. Chacon conveys a simple message through SNAC “When kids eat well they feel well. Eating simple foods that fuel the body keeps kids strong and healthy.”
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shelliereeder
shelliereeder like.author.displayName 1 Like

You are soooo right! Sugar is a hard one to get rid of in our household ( I have a horrible sweet tooth). This is a good reminder as to why it does need to be monitored!

Matt Massaro
Matt Massaro

I knew I shouldn't have bought a Monster this morning... Agh!

Carrie Chacon
Carrie Chacon like.author.displayName 1 Like

Seriously Matt! Step away from the Monster Matt- My cousin's band 'Heros at Gunpoint' is playing Friday night in San Diego at The Shakedown on Midway and Saturday night in San Marcos @ The Jumping Turtle Saturday night.

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