Friday, December 19, 2008

Sugar As Addictive As Cocaine Or Heroin

Recent research suggests this might be true, reports this NY Daily News article, "Sugar as addictive as cocaine, heroin, studies suggest." Princeton University researchers studied bingeing and dependency in rats and found these startling results. Here's just a few of their findings . . .

  • rat brains undergo changes similar to the changes in the brains of people who abuse illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin
  • rats showed behavioral changes, including signs of withdrawal and long-lasting effects that resemble cravings
  • when sugar was taken away, the rats showed signs of withdrawal, like symptoms seen in people when they stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs

I follow the Atkins diet as an approach to eating (not for active dieting purposes), and I find that my occasional binges of sugar really make me feel differently. Have you experienced anything like what's described above?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Then there is also nicotine, which some claim is more addictive than what is mentioned in this post.

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