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Sugar food addicts suffer drug-like withdrawal symptoms | Healing Talks
Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2012

Sugar food addicts suffer drug-like withdrawal symptoms

 Julian Georgiou, Healingtalks Contributing Writer

(Healingtalks) Research reveals that processed and sugary foods  have an addictive impact on the brain, and with withdrawal symptoms similar to that of drug addictions.

This is based on the investigative reports of Bloomberg’s Robert Langreth and Duane Stanford. They discovered and compiled studies that provided cumulative evidence that high sugar diets are essentially unhealthy and addictive. However, it is in the manufacture’s best interest to sell products of that strongly lure consumers and in order  to achiever higher profits

Furthermore, the attempt to conceal this fact mimics the behavior of tobacco companies.

Overwhelming data

According to a National Library of Medicine database, and verifying the addictive nature of high-sugar-laden foods, a whopping 28 scientific studies and papers have been published on this, and in just this year alone. These  findings reveal exactly how high refined sugar and fructose corn syrup ingredients do cause brain changes and addictive behavior. Here is a sample:

    • University of Texas  – A career of overeating causes blunted reward receipt, the same symptom of chronic drug abuse.
    • Princeton University – Sugar addicts suffer withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, shakes and tremors. In addition physiological damage to dopamine receptors in the brain, similar to those seen in animals on addictive drugs.
    • University of Bordeaux – Researches were stunned when rats prefer sugar water sweetened to hits of cocaine
    • University of Florida – Viewing images of sugary drinks caused areas of the brain to become hyperactive in the same way an alcoholics does when anticipating a drink.
    • Scripps Research Institute in Florida – Found damage to the brain’s reward centers may occur when people eat excessive quantities of food.
    • Harvard University researcher – Highly processed foods may cause rapid spikes and declines in blood sugar, increasing cravings.
    • National Institute on Drug Abuse - We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.
    • Journal Nature Neuroscience – Results produced the same brain pattern that occurs with an escalating intake of cocaine.

Obesity epidemic

In the U.S., 1/3rd of adults and 17 percent of teens and children are obese, and the numbers are increasing  (Langreth & Stanford, 2011). Obese individuals are addicted to foods that are carefully designed to deceive the palate and thus to cause excessive cravings that are impossible to satisfy.

Sugar Addictions

As a result, our modern diet is really creating dependent “food-patients” who become sick and lack the knowledge or will to change their ways.

‘Modern processing creates food with concentrated levels of sugars, unhealthy fats and refined flour, without redeeming levels of fiber or nutrients. Constant stimulation with tasty, calorie- laden foods may desensitize the brain’s circuitry, leading people to consume greater quantities of junk food to maintain a constant state of pleasure’ (Langreth & Stanford, 2011).

Selling shallow happiness


Depression satistics in US

Manufactures use science to create products that intentionally overstimulate taste buds. They then sell those products to the public, especially children, and using millions of dollars for savvy marketing. They offer up images of  ‘happiness’ to an otherwise bored, stressed or depressed population – and which often affects  young adults and children the most.

The resulting food addictions then become clear early on, as when a mother sees her children all crying in a supermarket due to their latest craving for a candy or ‘sugar fix’.

Changing our diets

A time will come when food manufactures will come under stricter regulations, those that can balances taste and nutrition, plus to provide consumer ample information to make educated choices. Until that time, ‘buyer beware’ when choosing various foods and snacks. When weaning off processed sugar products, one should know, and deeply process that fact that the health benefits of getting off this sugar addiction exceed by far the pleasure of a‘quick ‘sugar fix.’

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