Why Our Bodies Crave Sugar

 

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Sugar exists in a lot of America’s food today. In fact, it can probably be found in some foods that you would never think to look for it. To make matters worse, the only reason it is in some foods is because you are already addicted to sugar and it practically guarantees that you will crave it again.

The sugar addiction that is found in more and more places, and not just America, is not limited to age. It is caused by your body’s natural hormones and neurotransmitters that react strongly and create cravings for it. This makes you want to eat more, which is why so many people are overweight today.

By now, many people already know this. It has become such a worldwide problem that the World Health Organization (WHO) had to address it. After researching the matter, the agency created a set of guidelines that strongly recommends that Americans should cut back their intake of sugar to 10 percent of their daily calories. Later on, the goal will be to reduce this even more to just five percent. This figure includes all sugars, and natural ones, too, such as honey, syrups, various fruit juices, and more.

Researchers have discovered that the human brain reacts to sugar in the same way that an addict’s brain reacts to cocaine. Some say it is even more addictive than cocaine, morphine, and heroin. When eating a lot of sugar, your brain takes part in helping you to stay addicted to it. When high amounts of sugar get in your blood stream, this elevates your insulin levels, which will block leptin, the hormone that tells you when you are full. A domino effect has been created, and you continue to desire to eat more – and gain even more weight. Learning to say “no” to sugar can help you get healthy again, and lose the extra pounds. It will also enable you to be in control of your eating, rather than continuing to be the helpless sugar addict.

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