Here’s what happens to your brain when you give up sugar for Lent

Sugar addiction is real

“The first few days are a little rough,” Andrew told me about his sugar-free adventure last year. “It almost feels like you’re detoxing from drugs. I found myself eating a lot of carbs to compensate for the lack of sugar.”

There are four major components of addiction: bingeing, withdrawal, craving, and cross-sensitisation (the notion that one addictive substance predisposes someone to becoming addicted to another). All of these components have been observed in animal models of addiction – for sugar, as well as drugs of abuse.

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Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Worth a read!
Our food environment sets us up for failure and fat. Everywhere we look we see food triggers. This article looks at the problem with a view to helping us succeed by reframing the food debate and stopping the shame and blame cycle. (*Ed. Note – I would like to shame the article for putting a mouthwatering image of sugary foods right at the top, in effect doing what they are condemning)

Any attempts to restructure our food environments so they are more supportive of health are often criticized as denying freedom of choice.

But what if we reframe the debate over personal choice and collective responsibility by thinking of our modern food environment in the same way as the legal defence of criminal entrapment?

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The Sugar / Opioid Addiction Connection

Another look at the research on the sugar/opioid addiction connection from theconversation.com.

Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could.

As North America’s opioid crisis worsens, schools across Canada are purchasing naloxone anti-overdose kits. Research suggests that risks of opioid addiction could also be addressed through attention to children’s nutrition.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup And Opioid Addiction

From Forbes’ Pharma and Healthcare:

Study Reveals Possible Connection Between High Fructose Corn Syrup And Opioid Addiction

Diets high in high fructose corn syrup may indirectly contribute to opioid dependence, according to research presented this week at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Previous research has shown that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) impacts the brain in a way similar to addictive drugs. It triggers a response in the brain’s reward system circuitry that leads to continued cravings, in much the same way as a narcotic. These similarities have led researchers to wonder whether diets high in HFCS may play a role in opioid dependence.

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