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Oh? Everything is candy!
I don’t know about you, but I really love sugar.
Anything sweet really.
And super tough…
and oh Jez, ok. I’m doing it again.
好了 回到主题 布洛克
Uh, back on topic, Blocko.
So yeah, sugar is pretty awesome!
Some people even say that they’re “addicted to the stuff”.
But is it actually possible to get “addicted” to sugar
like you can with certain drugs?
Well, first off, if we’re going to try and compare the two,
just what is a drug addiction?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
addiction is a chronic brain disease
characterized by a person’s compulsion to seek out and use drugs,
despite there being harmful consequences.
Drugs can alter your brain, both in how it works and its actual structure,
and those changes can be long-lasting,
leading to harmful behaviors.
Sometimes even self-destructive ones.
So can the same type of thing happen with sugar?
People can’t really seem to agree one way or the other.
Now, there are certainly supporters
that back the idea of sugar addiction.
A good example is an article put out just last year
in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
After looking at a bunch of data, both with animals and humans,
researchers said that there are substantial parallels between sugar and drugs of abuse,
from both a behavioral standpoint and one of brain neurochemistry.
They even brought up how certain animal studies have shown that
the reward for sugar can surpass that of cocaine.
So it’s a pretty good case for sugar addiction being real.
But a recent 2016 study argues the opposite.
The researchers started off by looking at the literature on sugar and food addictions.
Then they examined if sugar could be addictive
by pitting any evidence from the animal and human neuroscience
literature on drug and sugar addiction against each other.
In the end, they found little evidence to support that humans could be addicted to sugar.
They also said that findings from animal cases suggest that
their addiction-like behaviors happened only when they had intermittent access to sugar,
believing those behaviors to come from the intermittent access,
not the actual neurochemical effects of sugar.
Though on another note
one thing that potentially points to sugar cravings as being similar to addiction
is that drugs designed to help people quit smoking
might also help you curb a bit of your sweet tooth.
Looking at a study using rats, research suggests that
varenicline, an FDA-approved drug used to help people with nicotine cravings,
could also be used to reduce your desire to eat sugary foods.
In the study,
rats were given the choice to either drink from a bottle containing only water,
or one that had been sweetened with sucrose.
While our little furry friends used varenicline,
researchers found that the rats consumed significantly less sucrose.
The findings are pretty interesting!
But this all means that we don’t really have a clear answer on
whether or not you can actually be addicted to sugar.
But either way, sugar can have an effect on your life
and sometimes people want to cut it out.
Specifically “added sugars”,
which are sugars and syrups that are added to what you eat or drink
when it’s prepared or processed.
所以说 别买糖果和碳酸饮料就行了 对吧？
So that just means getting rid of things like candies and soda, right?
Well, apparently not.
Added sugar is in a bunch of “healthier” options too.
You can find decent amounts of added sugar in everything,
比如谷物棒 酸奶 罐装水果 甚至意大利面酱
from granola bars and yogurt to canned fruits and even spaghetti sauce.
Wow, there’s so many sugary things in your world.
If you want to get any sweet foods down here in the Life Noggin world,
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Bring em here!
Give me the cookies!
So do you think you’re addicted to sugar?
What’s your favorite sugary treat to eat?
Let me know in the comment section below.
Wanna learn more about a rare syndrome that essentially turns you to stone?
Check out this video!
Imagine one day you find a huge lump on your rib cage,
and even after getting it x-rayed,
you still don’t know what’s going on.
As always, my name is Blocko,
this has been Life Noggin,
don’t forget to Keep On Thinking!