Dec 17, 2008

Sugar is As Addictive as Cocaine and Heroin--Study

mango and vanilla flavor ice creamThe Princeton University researchers suggested that sugar is very addicting, and has similar effects with most commonly abused drugs like cocaine and heroin.

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"Researchers at Princeton University studying bingeing and dependency in rats have found that when the animals ingest large amounts of sugar, their brains undergo changes similar to the changes in the brains of people who abuse illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin."--NY Daily News

Bart Hoebel, Princeton lead researcher, said, "Our evidence from an animal model suggests that bingeing on sugar can act in the brain in ways very similar to drugs of abuse."

After drinking large amount of sugar water, animals had behavorial changes that led to signs of withdrawal and long-lasting effects like powerful cravings of sweets.

These cravings have been experienced by humans as well.

Dr. Louis Aronne, Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said, "These people get strong urges to consume sweets, and these cravings border on addiction."

"When they eat sugar, just like when someone ingests cocaine, some people get that feeling of well-being, a rush that makes them feel good for a period of time. When the sweets are taken away, the people just don't feel right."

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"If people eat starch and sugar in the morning, it's very difficult to get their
behavior in control and they'll be craving sweets all day,"

"So we have people start out their day by eating protein and vegetables in the morning."

Sugar is As Addictive as Cocaine and Heroin--Study