Do you have a wicked sweet tooth? If you're reading this while munching on your morning Danish, you might want to put the pastry down for a minute. Researchers from New Zealand suggest that sugar may be just as addictive as cigarettes...
"Heavily processed carbohydrates such as cornflakes, sweets and croissants quickly raise the amount of sugar in your blood," lead researcher Dr. Simon Thornley told The Daily Mail, "This rush of sugar stimulates the same areas of the brain that are involved with addiction to nicotine and other drugs." Translation: People might be gaining weight because they're addicted to the sweet stuff. Additional research from Princeton University shows that it's easy to turn mice into sugar addicts. The animals go into withdrawal when sugar is taken away, and then they binge when it becomes available again. (Er, sound familiar?)
I don't drink soda or eat a lot of candy, but I do indulge in a small cookie after dinner almost every night. Many of you have been clamoring for more information on kicking your sugar habit, and in the next few weeks, I'll be coming at you with tips on how to stamp out sugar cravings.
Earlier: How to start a sugar detox.
How much sugar do you guys eat every day? How many of you guys are trying to kick your sugar habit this January? How is it going? Please share!
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