Did you quit sugar yet?
We’re told we should, but it’s hard to do! This is because when our taste buds detect sugar (fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, etc.) on our tongue, the ‘sweet signal’ is processed by our brain’s reward system — the same reward system activated by sex, drugs and alcohol!
Sugar is one of the few foods that activates the brain’s reward system, and is one of the reasons we get hooked and find it so hard to give up.
I try to limit refined, processed junk, and follow a Mediterranean diet, but I’m quite partial to a piece of chocolate with my afternoon post-nap coffee!
Besides having addictive effects on the brain, are there any other reasons we should give up sugar?
Yes, as it turns out. Paying attention to regulating our blood glucose levels and reducing risk of developing type 2 diabetes is a wise move because diabetes is linked to poor brain health.
If you have diabetes you have a: