Is sugar considered a drug?

A human’s brain is hardwired for pleasure and sugar helps provide us with that pleasure. Messages within our brain telling us to crave sugar begins at a very early age. A study found that “intermittent access to sugar can lead to behavioral and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of a substance of abuse.”

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Sugar is a drug like alcohol and tobacco. Sugar is one of the most dangerous drugs out there because once someone is exposed to a high sugar food they start to crave it more often.

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The American Heart Association has cited research that shows sugary soft drinks are responsible for 180,000 deaths worldwide each year. It is recommended that adults consume no more than 450 calories per week from sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Relying on packaged or processed foods is a quick way to stack up the sugar cubes, even if they have healthy sounding names. Sugar is a common ingredient in many foods people assume are healthy.

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It is very important to start our kids young on healthy eating habits with lots of nutrients. Fast food may seem like the best option when you are on a tight schedule but you also have to think of the long term effects on all the food you eat.

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Be cautious of how much sugar you intake and the effects it can have in the long run.


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