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5 Reasons To Stop Excessive Sugar Intake






Sugar Addiction
When we eat sugar, dopamine is released in the brain, giving us a feeling of pleasure. This is actually how drugs of abuse like cocaine function. Our brain is hardwired to seek out activities that release dopamine. Activities that release an enormous amount of it are especially desirable. In certain individuals with a certain predisposition to addiction, this causes reward-seeking behavior typical of addiction to abusive drugs. Studies in rats demonstrate that they can in fact become physically addicted to sugar.

Memory Loss
Battling brain fog? Sugar may be to blame. One animal study at UCLA concluded a diet high in added sugar hinders learning and memory. Over time, eating lots of sugar may actually damage communication among your brain's cells, the study shows. 

Heart Attack Risk
People with higher added sugar intakes had a notable increase in risk of heart attacks compared to those with lower intakes, one recent study found. One simple swap to cut your risk: Ditch the soda. One study found that sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease. “For every extra soda or sugary drink you consume, you may raise your risk of heart disease by up to 25 percent,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., a board-certified emergency physician at Emory University Hospital.

 Keeps Your Skin Looking Young
A lifetime of eating too much added sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. This is due to a process called glycation, where the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs— an appropriate name for what they do!). AGEs damage collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic, and that damage leads to skin wrinkles and sagging. They also deactivate your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage. 

You'll finally lose that extra 10 pounds.
While you'll probably replace some of those sugary calories with other foods—like trading a sugary granola bar for a handful of almonds—you won't be eating as many calories overall, Powell says. Scaling back yoursugar habit by 200 calories a day could help you drop 10 pounds in 5 to 6 months. 


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