How Our Brains React to Sugar

Posted on January 23, 2014  Comments (4)

The dopamine reaction to sugar leads us to seek out that good feeling. Sugars can lead us astray by encouraging us to seek more than is good for us.

A sensible explanation is that sugars provide high calories and were rare and so the more we could find the better. Evolution takes a long time to adjust though (and of course misses things that don’t affect passing on successful genes) so long (in our human timeframe, short in evolutionary timeframe) after we have far too much sugar available our brains our encouraging us to eat all we can find. This of course, at best, is a very oversimplified view.

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4 Responses to “How Our Brains React to Sugar”

  1. Anonymous
    February 11th, 2014 @ 6:43 am

    now a days diabetes is very common disease found in 70% of people..due to our diet habits our body system completly changed and addictted to junk foods and which is the main fore most reason and the second main reason in India is rice to cause diabetes…people should get AWARE of those things and should get habituated to regular excercise.

  2. romi solingen
    February 19th, 2014 @ 5:45 am

    we must show this video to everybody in my country

  3. Steven J Fromm
    February 19th, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Man, I know this is a problem with our culture and with me specifically. I am a complete slave to desserts. They are my real downfall, as I do not drink soda or other stuff like that. I need to cut it down. Thanks for the information and the cool video.

  4. Sarah
    March 6th, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    I am in the middle of the 30 day sugar free challenge. I can feel myself having more natural energy and feeling better in general. I should have listened to this advice a long time ago. But now a days 80% of the people has diabetes.

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