Is Sugar Addictive

A new University of Michigan study confirms what has long been suspected: highly processed foods like chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive. The first change was the advent of agriculture and animal domestication ~10,000 years ago, leading people to become producers by gathering and securing food supply ( 31 ). Of course, farming depended on climate and plagues which could decimate crops resulting in famine ( 3 ). The second change was the industrialization of food supply (industrial revolution of the nineteen century) allowing for mass production of flour and sugar ( 32 ), with the ulterior manufacturing, in the last decades, of processed and ultra-processed foods that are inexpensive and highly caloric (abundant sugars, salts, fats) ( 11 , 33 ). These two developments are linked to food availability and how food is refined and commercialized.
The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar every day , and 66 pounds of added sugar per year, which, according to the American Heart Association, is just way too damn much There’s sugar in our bread, pasta sauces, chips, fruit drinks — any way food manufacturers can sneak sugar into our diet, they’ll do it.



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Animal studies have shown us that sugar does have addictive qualities to it certainly, but I would say that the most insidious the brain form in which sugar takes today, is that it’s squeezed into every crevice of the modern food supply via ultra-processed foods.

Also incorporated an hour minimum a day of hill walking as well as weight lifting twice a week (the Super Slow aka Slow Burn method, seems most effective)- time better spent rather than sitting in front of the tv. Still was hooked on chocolate chip cookies and ice cream,but knew with inner resolve and continuing on this path would eventually get over the carbs.
There have been numerous studies looking at overlapping neuronal circuits in addiction (here is a particularly good one: ) and essentially any substance which provides an overload of dopamine – and also has detrimental effects in excess – is, to me, an addictive drug.

Since artificial sweeteners are not a naturally occurring food, they must be approved before being added to foods as per the Food Additives Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (passed by Congress in 1958) which requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve all food additives, like artificial sweeteners, before approval for sale in the US.
Dana has spent years leading group-based behavior change classes, developing and leading interactive workshops for worksite wellness programs, and providing nutrition counseling to individuals struggling with eating, weight, and chronic health conditions.

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