This is Your Brain on Refined Sugar

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By Dr. Nicole Avena

Is sugar really a drug?

Why do researchers now compare sugar to cocaine – what does it do to the brain?

Do we develop a sugar tolerance, similar to a drug tolerance?

All this and more in the following TED-Ed video.

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

WATCH:

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-sugar-a…

animation byt STK Films

Editor’s note: Feed your brain the glucose it needs from fruit, potatoes and honey and you will not have to fight off sugar cravings! 

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