Sugar Addiction A Real Problem

You've probably heard friends or family members refer to someone who really likes sweets as a sugar fiend. Scientists from New York Presbyterian Hospital think there might be some truth to that. Researching the addictive effect of sugar on lab rats, they found that bingeing on sugar released a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward section of the brain. Cutting off the rat's sugar supply caused withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug addicts and alcoholics.

The Bigger Picture: A key aspect of this study determined that long periods of abstinence did not cure the lab rats' sugar addiction. Exposed to sugar after what was considered a long duration in the animal's lifespan, the rats consumed more sugar than ever before. This suggests that if you have a hard time limiting your sugar intake, it might be best to avoid temptation altogether.
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