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 We are addicted to sugar and it’s affecting our weight and health, with health issues like diabetes on the rise. 

 

The global sugar addiction isn’t an imagined excuse for our inability to stay away from the sweet stuff. That addiction is stemming from the way sugar interacts with your brain once you eat it.

In this TEDEd Video , Nicole Avena a neuroscientist and addiction expert explains just what happens in your brain when you eat sugar.

As she explains, when you eat something containing sugar your taste buds, gut and your brain all take notice and activate your reward system. Dopamine is released in your brain which causes those feel good feelings and you to want to consume more sugar for that same feeling.

This activation of your reward system is very much like the way bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or drugs. The more sugar you take in, the more your dopamine levels spike and the more you crave sugar.

 

How Can Reduce your Sugar Intake?

  1. Reduce your intake gradually

Gradually reducing your sugar intake will make it easier to adjust and maintain a low-sugar diet. Cut out processed sugars first and limit the amount of fructose which is the sugar that gets turned into fat. After a while you’ll be able to reduce the natural sugars like honey and dates as well.

 

  1. Read Labels

Sugar has many names and you need to know them. The most common are

glucose, sucrose, fructose, maltose, laxtose, dextrose and starch, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, raw sugar and honey.
Read food labels to determine how much sugar and what types are in the foods you eat.

 

  1. Start your day with protein

A protein rich breakfast like an egg or a protein shake like the Atkins Chocolate Shake helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces cravings and keeps you full for longer.

 

  1. Stay Hydrated

Thirst is often mistaken for hunger and the go-to snack is often sugar-laden. Make sure you drink plenty of water which keeps cravings at bay and gives you energy.

 

  1. Learn to Cook

Making food at home means that you are in control of what goes into it and can easily remove any added sugars. You can also learn how to make delicious treats using natural sweeteners instead of artificial ones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” align=”align_center” style=”dotted”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Zissy_Edit2

Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats, a health, fitness and lifestyle brand. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She has worked in the health and fitness industry for 4 years and is passionate about the 3 F’s: Food, Fashion, Fitness.

www.nutreats.co.za

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