Despite ever growing
awareness about the pernicious effects of sugar, ranging from diabetes to
obesity, the average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each
day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Beyond candy, refined
sugars can be found in everything from sodas and peanut butter to barbecue
sauce and bread.
Could we be addicted to
It’s possible, according to
Princeton University researchers who have studied the signs of sugar addiction
in rats. They’ve shown that rats bingeing on sugar demonstrated the three
elements of addiction: a behavioral pattern of increased intake and changes in
brain chemistry; signs of withdrawal and further changes in brain chemistry
upon deprivation; and, signs of cravings and relapse after withdrawal is over.