An addiction is an addiction, some are just more obvious than others, but detrimental just the same. Anything that’s bad, anything that damages health, something as common as sugar is an addiction.
Most are aware of its negative effects, that it’s harmful for their heart and waistline. Most aren’t aware how damaging it is to the brain. What the brain needs however are small doses of sweetness, for it to function properly.
The type it needs is glucose, which is naturally found in foods such as fruits and grains. The type to avoid is fructose, which is commonly found in processed foods and beverages, as consuming excess amounts has a negative effect.
5. – Sugar Causes You To Overeat
What’s known for certain is that the consumption of excess fructose, or empty sugar, does is leads to excess weight gain. When it comes to obesity, what’s now understood is it’s sugar that’s the culprit.
What recent discoveries revealed, is that what chronic consumption of fructose, the “bad” sugar does, is slows down the brain’s anorexigenic oxytocin system, which is the sensor that prevents one from overeating.
Once this critical sensor becomes disabled, what permanently results in most individuals, is the brain doesn’t release the needed hormones to signal we’re full, which results in excessive overeating, usually more sweets, which perpetuates the obesity issue even further.
4. – Potentially Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia
What excess consumption of fructose does, is causes the body to produce less BDNF, which is a neurotrophic that helps the brain remember and form memories. So it’s no surprise that too much sugar, especially for the elderly, contributes to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and all of it’s related conditions.
It’s thought that the brain producing less BDNF, is one of the key factors that causes “old age” related memory and cognitive diseases. What’s becoming apparent is that fructose activates the shut off valve, and thus the culprit, by reducing the production of these much needed neurotrophics.