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Why Our Brains Love Sugar - And Why Our Bodies Don't

“That glazed doughnut is calling my name. Oh yes it is!" While the jury is still out, recent research suggests sugar may be more addictive than we previously thought. How added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup mess with our brains and bodies - and why nothing good can come of it. Read More

Sugar Addiction

Thanks for this post Melanie. I've been tackling my sugar addition for about a year now and have had long periods when I've avoided it totally. The penny dropped for me when I realised that 'sugar free' products still fed my addiction for sweet things. Once I have up sugar free drinks and switched to filtered water, it became much easier.

More sweet sex – less sugar

Brain studies of people who 'uses' (are in a situation of) romance, sex and attachment found that the pleasure sensations these human needs and activities create in our brain is originated in the same area where sugar is activating and pleasing us.

A 60-80 years ago old dear Frued, without any clue what MRI will be – postulated a great formula for any Behavioral Life coach to teach: get more pleasure from good relationship in order to illiminate the need from pleasure from sweet and juicy food.

It does work in my practice: my clients who are trained to utilize good communications skills, satisfaying relationships and sex as stress eliminators and pleasure inducing acts - do not consume 165 pounds of sugar per year.

Dr. Joe

Caution with interpreting the literature!

To use the recent studies such as the Princeton one you referenced as support for the inherent problem with sugar addiction is absurd!What's to say that the deprivation itself didn't lead to frantic lever-pushing for sugar? In fact, what you omitted is that when they were given chow plus sugar and were NOT restricted, they were totally fine, and not seeming addicted! As for functional brain MRIs, how much is inherently biological and how much results from chronic deprivation and perceptions that these foods are forbidden?

When readers consistently take in messages supporting their inability to control sugar they begin to be convinced.

See for my full response on this issue.

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Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., studies the health effects of expressive writing, cognitive adaptation to trauma, the genesis and treatment of chronic pain, among other coping issues.


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