I believe that it is safe to say that sugar had pretty much been irrelevant to the human diet until recent times. Although sugary drinks have been around since the 18th century, I don’t believe we had the sugar dependence then as we do now. As we have evolved to this modern era, people are eating and drinking more sugar than ever before and it is showing in our ever growing numbers of people dealing with obesity. When it comes to weight gain and obesity, we are looking at epidemic proportions. There are so many negative effects that sugar can cause us and it is imperative that we start to realize just how bad this addicting food is.
Even though I am not a scientist, I believe that when you have lived with the addiction for as long as I have, you somehow have awareness and understanding that should be acknowledged regardless of what title or degree you hold, so long as you are willing to gain knowledge from licensed professionals as well as people with first-hand life experiences.
In a 2007 study, scientists found that experimental lab rats preferred sugar to the highly addictive drug cocaine. There is still much to learn about the lingering effects of sugar in our diets, but as we continue on our quest to rid ourselves of this highly addictive drug, I find that it is important that we seek out science for answers and support.
As I have begun to read about sugar addiction, I found what I had not known before and that is that we have two receptors, located on our tongue, that are to blame for all the trouble with this sugar addiction we find ourselves in. These two receptors send signals of reward to our brains that make us feel pleasure. Unfortunately, we are wanting more and more of this pleasure filling sugar filled reward, and the consequences, in my opinion, are dire.
Please read the scientific study sourced below which goes into detail about the highly addicting drug we know as sugar: