April 9, 2011

Sweet Poison. -Part I-

After having something spicy or oily, our bodies crave for dessert, demanding something sweet like pastries, ice-cream or even just mere fruits. The keyword here is 'addiction'. Yes, my friend, all of us are addicted to the taste of sweetness.

Like all other drugs, when digested in the body, sugar activates the receptors in the body, thus triggering the release of dopamine. Dopamine increases blood pressure and heartbeat rate, creating a happiness sensation and the feeling of ecstasy.

However, this creates a sort of addiction towards this release of dopamine, therefore we take in more sweets than we should have to satisfy the addiction. We need to resist the urge, the crave for monosaccharides, disaccharides, or oligosaccharides. The discovery of the effect of the sugar is discussed in detail in the research of Dr. DesMalsons in her book Potatoes not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity.

There are quite a number of other research projects that warn us regarding the addiction to sugar. Scientifically, sugar gives a neurochemical reation which lights the way- opens the door for other, more severe drugs.

The sweetness of sugar is comparable to the high one gets off cocaine. (Bordeaux University, France) The lab rats are given a choice: Sugar, or Cocaine? Surprisingly, all of them picked sugar, which releases more dopamine and the feeling of euphoria.

The intake of sugar as cocaine brings about a plethora of negative effects on the body. To satisfy the needs of the flesh, one takes more and more sugar, leading to an over-excessive intake of sugar and is potentially lethal.

23 comments:

  1. It'd be kind of awkward to die from sugar poisoning, wouldn't it?

    Detective Inspector: "Labby, what was the cause of death?"
    Forensic Scientist: "Sugar poisoning..."
    Detective Inspector: "OH SHI-".

    LOL.
    Still, I somehow manage to resist my cravings. Maybe it's just years of trying to lose weight. :(

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  2. Is there something we can't get addicted to?

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  3. CHOCOLATE ICECREAM! I love it. I can't ever stop eating it. EVER>

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  4. Sugar or Cocaine...

    Fuck it. SUGARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

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  5. i want that poison now!

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  6. I'm pretty much addicted to caffeine at this stage. I go through about 2 liters of Coca Cola a day.

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  7. I always told everyone they should of been doing cocaine with me instead of eating candy!

    Who would of thought I was right?!?!

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  8. Going completely without processed sugar is surprisingly refreshing. Eating a sugary snack after a while of this makes you just about vomit.

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  9. The image makes me so hungry

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  10. i've never had a sweet tooth. does that make me better off? or does that make me a sad sap?

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  11. I second Insider33...I guess everything can get you addicted now

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  12. I have a feeling cocaine is more addicting to humans than sugar.

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  13. Yeah that picture made me want to have ice cream sooo bad...

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  14. As usual, very interesting read.
    Perhaps you can talk about Atkins, who suggested we follow a diet with no excess sugar instead of the more common "cut out all fats"?

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  15. Saying you're addicted to sugar is like saying you're addicted to breathing...

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  16. i have gained 5 Kg in 5 months from sweets and pizzas and burgers :/ its so addicting

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  17. Its so strange how our bodies become addicted. Even salt is highly addictive, just look at the flocks of people who go to mcdonalds every day to eat their oversalted food.

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