Sugar. Something we’ve all grown to love since we were little “bundles of joy” so to speak. Pretty sure our own parents didn’t exactly think we were the greatest joy when we were all on a sugar high though.
Sugar is said to have dated back to 510 BC, and has been increasingly used in everything since then. Sugar is in our sodas and juices to ketchup, peanut butter, and pasta sauces. It’s actually pretty difficult to avoid sugar. Since sugar has become one of our main resources, there has been many studies on how sugar affects us. Naturally we all know sugar is bad for us, but did you know sugar is as addictive as cocaine?
There have been a various amount of studies on how sugar affects our bodies and how addictive it really is. One experiment that was conducted in 2007 shows groups of rats. These rats were given cocaine until they became addicted to the drug. Once they were addicted, they were given an option of more cocaine, or to have sugar. Up to 94% of those rats decided to switch to sugar, even if they had to go through an obstacle course just to get to it.
Another experiment occurred in 2013, giving rats cocaine, or oreos. In this experiment, there was an equal number of rats who chose the maze where the reward was an oreo as the rats who chose the maze that lead to cocaine.
There’s a reason you want to keep going back to Mcdonald’s to try their newest value meal. Addiction is simple, dopamine is released and the next time around you’re going to need even more to get the same affect. So when you eat junk food one day, the sugar, which is so fattening because it contains a lot of fructose, releases dopamine in your brain. The next time you eat that same amount of sugar, you’re just going to want to eat more and more. Continuously increasing the dopamine being released, therefore making you happy. Sugar highly increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, affects your immune system and can even increase stress. Still want to eat that extra cookie?