Sugar as a drug: addictive and making you hungrier

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By Edward Campbell

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An American study brings an interesting discovery that could push many to make some changes to their diet. A study by the Oregon Research Institute, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, conducted by Eric Stice revealed that sugar could push us to an addiction making us consume more fat, and generally increase the intake of food with meals.

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The study came to this result by administering a hundred young people by making them ingest chocolate milkshakes with different concentrations of fat and sugar; all this while their brain activity was monitored.

Volunteers pointed to the fact that the increase in concentration of sugar has a corresponding increase in the stimulation of the pleasure centers in the brain, times greater than the one received from fat.

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The sugar thus signals to the brain that the ingested ingredient brings pleasure, leading to continuation of intake, just as observed in other addictive substances. Therefore this ingredient – sugar – is like a drug, or is it basically a drug, being addictive to those who ingested it and pushing overeating habits to the person.