Everyone’s body’s run on sugar or what we would more formally known as Glucose. And as human beings we tend to love our sweets. While we consciously know that too much sugar is not good for our bodies, we do it anyway. Our brains are hardwired to want to consume any food that will make us feel good.
Too much sugar in our blood is known to cause multiple health issues including Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and more. Even with these type of health issues known to happen from too much sugar, we continue to eat sweets such as ice cream, soda, cake, and more.
The issue is that these sweets are a great source of energy. In our primal ages, we needed as much as energy as we can get to survive in a world where it was survival of the fittest. And because of the fact that sugar is a great source of energy, we’ve evolved to really like the taste of sugar. Which means our neurons releases a chemical in the brain called Dopamine.
Dopamine is the real killer here when it comes to how people become addicted to sugar. When you take in sugar, the Mesolimbic Dopamine System in the brain takes effect and releases the chemical of Dopamine which is a sort of reward system and it reinforces behaviors such consuming more sugar.
Back in our primal days, sugar was much less available. But currently in our society, there is an abundance of sugar everywhere we go. Every corner store you enter has some form of sweets for sale. It is hard to escape seeing any sugary sweets. With so much sugar consumption, recent studies have shown that the brain partakes in a rewiring process called Neuroplasticity.
While sugar addiction is an incredibly difficult habit to fight against. There has been great strides in legislation to combat the abundance of sugar in the United States.