Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Stupid sugar

What could possibly makes you fat, stupid and sick? Apparently an high daily sugar intake have the capacity to do that.

Everybody knows that excess of sugar can damage body and health by developing diabetes conditions or obesity. However, a recent study proves that an high diet in fructose can also harm brain and memory by decreasing their natural functions and making you unable to think clearly.

Consuming high amounts in fructose may block insulin capacity to control how brain cells store and use sugar for the energy needed to fuel thoughts and emotions.

So what happen to us when we consume sugar? What makes sugary food so hard to resist?

Sugar activates the "sweet" button in the cerebral cortex, the activation of this area is not a problem as long its occasional. However, when this zone of the brain is over-activated (high sugar intake) it makes you hooked to it and unable to control your cravings anymore. Its a vicious circle — getting too much sugar, too often will increase your sugar tolerance which will result of craving it even more.

Sugar speeds up the release of dopamine in your brain as does drugs, alcohol and nicotine and make some people always seek this high, in other words, make them addicted to it.

Sugar its a class of molecules call carbohydrates found in a wide varieties of sweet products and drinks. Check the label — lactose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose are all form of sugars. Sugar is not only found in cakes, tarts or chocolate but EVERYWHERE such as cereals, yogurt, dried fruits, granola bars etc. which make you consume an high amount of sugar every day without maybe realising it.

Please click on the link below to watch the video that will clear up everything explained above.

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-sugar-affects-the-brain-nicole-avena#review

Thanks for reading x x