Why Sugar is as Horrible for the Body as Crack Cocaine
While you might think it’s fine to have just a few bites, or a sugary snack once in a while, I encourage you to think again and do your research. Sugar is downright toxic to the body. In fact, its effects on your health are just about as bad as cocaine.
Yep, I said it. Sugar is as bad as cocaine.
In fact, just last year, the head of public health services in Amsterdam (where many drugs are legal and readily available) said he wants sugar usage discouraged and its sale tightly regulated. He even wants sweets to have health warnings on them, similar to cigarette packs.
“This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched,” he said, “but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere.”
Still don’t believe sugar’s that bad? Here are a few truthful tidbits about sugar that will surprise you:
- It’s addictive. A study in the Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews journal found that sugar meets the same criteria for substance abuse as many other drugs. Sugar affects the body’s limbic system, the part of your brain where emotions are controlled. So, when consumed, sugar causes you to lose a certain level of control. You’re more likely to overeat – and continue eating – even when you’re not hungry. This is the cycle any drug addict goes through, whether its cocaine, heroin, alcohol, or anything else.
- It has an analgesic effect. Sugar is shown to have somewhat of an analgesic effect on the body, easing pain (both emotional and physical) for a short time while in the system. This can be likened to the “high” drug addicts get with their drug of choice. For a short time, they’re on cloud nine. When that high starts to dissipate, they need another fix. The same goes for sugar addicts!
- It starts damaging your body right away. Even trace amounts of sugar in baby formula can start to affect the body right away. It can heighten cholesterol, cause insulin resistance and lead to a lifetime of obesity and weight problems.
- It’s an unnatural chemical. Like heroin and other drugs, sugar is not naturally occurring. When it’s refined, it’s stripped of all the nutritional value originally contained in the plant. The only thing that exists is the sucrose — the addictive, harmful substance that’s now in most of our processed “foods.”
Unfortunately, sugar is more readily available than any other drug. This makes it seem “safer,” and it makes it extremely easy to acquire. Because of this, sugar has become a true epidemic in our society.
Let’s do ourselves – and our bodies – a favor and be a part of the solution. Swear off sweets and treats with refined sugars, and stick with your favorite fruits instead. You’ll still satisfy the cravings, but you’ll keep your body healthier, cleaner, and stronger in the long-term because of it.
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