Recent scientific studies show that the effects of sugar on our brains are similar to the effects of drugs. But this actually sugar addiction exist?
In this article we look or sugar addiction really exists. And if so, whether it is possible to get rid of it.
The starting point for this is the action of dopamine, the hormone that is most involved in addictions.
Dopamine is a substance that is created in the brains. The fabric is created when you are working full of fun and attention to something.
Once dopamine is produced, react certain areas of your brains there immediately. These areas are called receptors.
Receptors can be seen as little receiver. And if that recipient particles are stimulated by dopamine, which creates a very nice feeling. Therefore, dopamine is also called ‘the happiness hormone.
That fine sense of dopamine which will be used by the reward system of the brains. Our brains have such a system to reward us for important tasks. For example, during and after eating, drinking, sports and sex dopamine is released so that you experience a good feeling.
That makes the body because we are programmed to survive. Think about it. You need food and drink, otherwise you die. Sports keeps your body strong so increase your chances of survival. And sex causes us to reproduce us.
Through this rewarding important activities with a fine sense says Mother Nature: go there especially with round, because survive humanity.
Dopamine and addiction
But there are other activities that cause dopamine release. The production of dopamine stimulated example during the use of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
Many types of drugs are even able to stimulate the reward system in a very powerful way. As a result, large amounts of dopamine release and that can lead to drug dependence .
That obviously is not from one day to another. After a review of several studies on addiction is my conclusion that there are three key factors that make a person over time become addicted.
- These large quantities of dopamine provide a nice feeling. The brains want to experience that feeling more often. This allows a longing over time occur to the agent that causes those fine sentiments.
- If too often makes too much dopamine, the dopamine receptors become overloaded. As a result, they respond less well to dopamine. The result is that you need more and more of a certain substance to get the same feeling fine.
- It is not so that anyone who has ever sip wine, smokes a cigarette or experimenting with drugs becomes addicted. This varies from person to person. In short, each person is different.
Now that we know this, I would like to go one step further so that we can provide even better when someone is addicted.
When are you addicted?
According to Jellinek addiction institution there are 11 criteria by which you can determine whether someone is addicted. These criteria are based on the so-called DSM-V. This is a textbook used worldwide where all psychiatric disorders are described.
If you have 2 or 3 criteria you have a mild form of dependence. Do you match 4 or 5 of these criteria, then there is a moderate addiction. And 6 or more there is a serious addiction.
Want to know if you are using these points are addicted to sugar? Download here the list of criteria .
So, is sugar addictive?
We now know how an addiction can occur and if there is really an addiction.
Now let’s see if sugar may also be included, beginning with the three factors that make a person over time become addicted.
1. Sugar and dopamine
Sugar is a form of carbohydrates. These are foods that provide the body with energy. The brains example, need energy from carbohydrates to function properly.
It is therefore not surprising that we are rewarded with dopamine after eating sugar. Our brains have obviously well continue to do their job.
The problem is that a lot of food produced is packed with added sugars. Therefore we have much more sugar than we need inside pocket is created much more dopamine than necessary .
In addition to added sugars and refined and refined sugars are much stronger than natural sugars in food.
In summary : added refined sugars in our diet can stimulate the dopamine system in our brains.
2. Overload of dopamine receptors
When the dopamine receptors become overstimulated, you have more and more of the dopamine stimulant needed to get the same satisfaction.
The American professor R. Lustig of the University of California examined whether this also applies to sugar. His findings are disturbing. In his book ” Fat Chance – The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease “, he explains how sugar, just like drugs, the dopamine system over stimulates .
Due to this overload is created dependency and eventually sugar addiction  .
In summary : sugar can cause the same way as drug dependency.
3. Personal factors of addiction
Not everyone who takes drugs becomes addicted to it. The same applies to sugar. Whether someone becomes dependent on the means namely depends on the person himself.
There are people who, by events in their lives, not sit in their skin and go looking for ways to feel better. It is also known that there are people who produce enough dopamine naturally.
These people are often more likely to take resources which they feel better.
A common phenomenon is emo-food. This is eating (often sugary) food to suppress certain emotions and a temporary feeling better.
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The 11 addiction criteria
Finally, we have the 11 criteria by which you can determine whether someone is addicted, and to what extent.
I speak a lot of people who find it difficult to leave sweets or even suffer from uncontrollable cravings.
If I 11 criteria applicable to these people, it appears that often three or more points on them apply.
In particular, point 1, 2, 4 and 9 are common.
Do you find it difficult to resist sweets? Download here the list of criteria and see which points you apply.
Conclusion: sugar addiction exists
We have seen in this article that sugar has the same physical effect as many types of stimulants and drugs.
Sugar stimulates the production of dopamine in the same way as drugs. This gives a nice feeling, but that was short lived. The brains will often experience that feeling, creating a great need for sugar.
Meanwhile, the overstimulation of dopamine receptors causes you still need more to achieve the same result. And this is the same route that leads to addiction. 
Solution: Avoid added sugar
For the food industry, sugar is a sacred ingredient. The products it is giving consumers a good feeling. This increases the likelihood that you buy the product more and more of is food.
Research by Professor Lustig shows added to 80% of the 600,000 food products in the United States sugar.
The Dutch Diabetes Foundation warns of hidden sugars. Their studies show that on average we eat 20 sugar per day more in the Netherlands than we do by ourselves.
But all the added sugar in our diets are very bad for health . Too much sugar increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and all chronic diseases.
Moreover, we now know that sugar has an addictive effect on us. Therefore, avoid as much as possible products with added sugars.