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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Sugar binging like drug abuse

We already know that sugar sets in motion a strong reward mechanism in the brain, which can lead to addiction and dependence. But this new study takes things a step further.

Neuroscientists discovered that long-term sugar overconsumption changes the morphology of brain cells (i.e. their shape and size!) in a similar way that hard drugs do, such as cocaine or morphine.

The types of sugar to keep an eye on are “free sugars”: those that your body absorb faster, added to foods and drinks, or naturally present in honey, syrup, and unsweetened fruit juices (this includes your freshly-squeezed orange juice!)

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The types of sugar to keep an eye on are “free sugars”: those that your body absorb faster, added to foods and drinks, or naturally present in honey, syrup, and unsweetened fruit juices (this includes your freshly-squeezed orange juice!).

Those of you familiar with Slimming World will already know that orange juice is considered a syn, this would appear to the reason why.

More about this and other recent research in this Science Catch-up.

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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