People have been studying the addiction of sugar for years. One study lead by Professor Hoebel, at the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have shown that rats respond to sugar in a very specific way,
Rats eating large amounts of sugar when hungry, undergo neurochemical changes in the brain that appear to mimic those produced by substances of abuse, including cocaine, morphine and nicotine. Sugar induces behavioral changes, too.
Although these studies have been on lab rats, just look around and you can observe how sugar effects the human brain. With enough evidence to fill the Grand Canyon, it’s tough not to think that this sweet enemy isn’t out to get us. Not only is it addictive, causing us to want more of it, it turns out, it is not good for our hips either.
The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar—specifically high fructose corn syrup. Today, 32 percent of Americans are obese and an additional one-third are overweight. Compare that to 1890, when a survey of white males in their fifties revealed an obesity rate of just 3.4 percent.
With all the processed foods we have available today, there is direct evidence that sugar plays a role in our obesity problems.
Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years:1
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
So how do we avoid these issues? According to Dr. Frank Lipman, we should eat regularly, exercise, have a breakfast of protein and fats, and detox
I have found that when I detox, or go about a week with out any thing sweet like desserts, I no longer crave sugar like I used to. Sugar is tempting, no doubt. But we have to educate ourselves and know that we are better off without it. I urge you to kick sugar like a bad habit, and just say no!