How Sugar Affects the Brain: What You Need to Know

Did you know your gut has sugar receptors? These receptors don’t function like tastebuds, though. They send signals to the brain that you’re full or that your body should produce more insulin to counter the increased intake of sugar.

Central to our reward system is the neurotransmitter dopamine. Alcohol, nicotine, or illicit drugs can help send dopamine into overdrive, leading people to continuously seek the high they get from these substances.

Sugar may affect our reward system in a similar manner to these substances. In fact, some animal studies have demonstrated the drug-like effects of added sugars.

If someone eats too much sugar, the dopamine level doesn’t level out; eating too much sugar will continue to feel rewarding. This may explain how many people get hooked on sugary foods.

Bottom line: overconsumption of sugar can have addictive effects on the brain.

So, now that we’ve seen how sugar affects the brain and body, let’s look at some practical ways you can curb sugar consumption.

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Kathleen Notes: The gut has been called the "second brain" because what you eat can affect your mood. In addition, sugar can become an addiction that harms both brain and body. You are what you eat!



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