I don't know of anyone who thinks that sugar is actually good for you, yet we average 130 pounds of sugar per person in the U.S. The question is, why do we eat sugary foods and drinks when we know it's bad for us? One researcher said the desire for fructose is wired into us because in nature, anything with fructose in it isn't poisonous. Another researcher demonstrated with MRI scans how your brain releases dopamine when you eat something sweet. Your body rewards you when you eat sugar by making you feel good; but giving up sugar can also have positive effects - effects that last far longer than the sugar high.
Because I don't eat sweetened foods a lot, I can feel that effect dramatically at times. On the Fourth of July last year, I had several sweets throughout the day at a party and I did feel slightly euphoric, as I hadn't had so much sugar in a long time. (I felt great until I became sick the next day, probably a combination of the immune-lowering effects of sugar and notRead More »from 12 Tips for Kicking the Refined Sugar Habit