Taste of Health | 5 years ago

Is Sugar Addiction Real?

If you’re regularly caving to the cravings of your sweet tooth, you may be wondering if you’re “addicted.” Here’s the scoop.

We've all heard people say it before: “I’m addicted to sugar!” But let’s break down this common assumption about your demand for dessert.

People say they’re addicted to sugar because they have a hard time giving it up. And, for some people, ditching it requires the same cognitive and behavior-modification skills that people need to stop smoking or drinking, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

But the reality is, it’s more likely that our love of sugar comes from the after-rush we feel. This rush is due to a spike in our blood sugar and the release of the feel-good chemical, serotonin, in the brain. This, combined with the emotions we attach to sweets, typically around parties and celebrations, can make us feel happy.

So, when that sweet tooth tempts you – and for more lasting “happiness” without the sugar crash – reach for fruit instead of a sugary snack, chew some sugar-free gum or simply take a quick walk to curb the craving.

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