Specialist Report: Sugar Addiction And How To Beat It
By: Dr Sly Nedic
Addictive behavior has been observed in lab rats that were fed Oreo biscuits, and many studies have confirmed that sugar is as addictive as cocaine (including a 2013 study from Connecticut College, USA). Eating a lot of sugar and carbohydrates can produce massive spikes in blood sugar levels, causing high levels of insulin to be released, which, if prolonged, can increase the risk of insulin resistance, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, premature aging, infertility, age-related macular degeneration, colon cancer and erectile dysfunction. Individuals suffering from sugar addiction can achieve good results by completely removing sugar from their diet, but that is usually not sustainable. The moment they start having even a small amount of sugar, the addiction kicks in and the cycle continues.
Why Is This Happening?
Sugar addiction often points to an undiagnosed underlying problem and, if it is not resolved, the habit will return after implementation of a sugar-restricted diet. Therefore, identifying underlying issues leading to sugar addiction is the fundamental step in overcoming sugar cravings permanently. The following can be classified as the primary problems of this issue.
1. Unbalanced Neurotransmitters And Endorphins
Sugar almost instantaneously elevates serotonin and uplifts your mood. A 2009 study in the journal Eating Behavior
stated that when tryptophan (a serotonin precursor) levels were depleted, a tremendously higher sugar intake could
be observed in overweight people. Low serotonin levels without apparent depression can be one of the reasons why some people opt for sugar.
Furthermore, eating sugar artificially stimulates the region of the brain that produces dopamine, the neurotransmitter involved in the pleasure pathway. Dopamine levels drop soon after the initial surge and we start to feel “down”, which makes us crave the “high” that we get from sugar. Some people may have genetically lower quantities of these neurotransmitters, and some acquired (eg. unbalanced methylation), but their effects can be amplified when eating sugar. Studies have also found that sugar can increase endorphins in the brain that activate opiate receptors….
Source: Longevity Live