According to some health experts, eating too much sugar can be as bad for you as smoking or drinking a lot of alcohol. This video from TED Ed explains just what sugar does to your brain and body — and why it’s so addictive.
As the video points out, sugar activates our brain’s reward system (just like sex, alcohol and nicotine does), causing pleasure-inducing dopamine to be released. The problem is, eating too many sugar-rich foods (and sugar comes in so many different forms) causes the spike in dopamine to remain at a high level — and you’ll continue to crave more sugary foods.
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