Sugar and Cocaine Are The Same. Really?
Updated: Feb 28, 2020
First off, sugar and cocaine are not the same on an ethical standpoint, but too much sugar is bad for us and there are dieters on the internet highly against the over-consumption of sugar. A diet called the "Keto Diet" teach people to practice a low carbohydrate diet to help with weight loss and quality of life improvement. There is another diet that teach you to cut out sugar for months, which is very impressive given the information this post is about to share. Our bodies need sugar, aka carbohydrates, because it's our main source of energy. Without out it we go into survival mode, converting fat and muscle into energy. Painstakingly, we are all focused on how sugar is affecting our precious bodies but what about our brains? How come most people who lose weight after consuming very little sugar gain all of their weight back in a year?
The answer is that sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. Science say that when you combine the perfect amount of sugar, salt, and fat together it optimizes the human brain pleasure experience, called the "bliss point". When your bliss point is triggered its activates an area deep in the brain called the nucleus accumben. It is proven cocaine also activate this same brain center. That is why cutting out sugar can cause cravings, binges, and withdrawal symptoms similar to going cold turkey with cocaine use. People, who outlast the urge to re-introduce sugar back into their diets at the same amount as before, will see improvement in their taste and brain concentration. Health experts will always say cocaine is worst for our health than sugar, due to the immediate side effects of cocaine. However, sugar has been associated with depression, ADHD and hyperactivity, heart disease and cancer cell growth.
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