Well, it might be possible that your sweet treat cravings could be a sign of sugar addiction.In fact, sugar is believed to be eight times more addictive than cocaine.
Can you imagine that?
Some people are more sensitive than others, but the more sugar you eat, the more likely it has taken hold of your addictive pathways and is driving you to eat and drink far too much.
When certain sugar level hits the bloodstream, it stimulates release of a brain chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good.
The feeling is usually short-lived.
The biological signals that would normally control hunger and satiety (fullness) are swiftly being overwhelmed by this dopamine stimulation, to the point where your body (and brain) starts listening only to sugar’s cues and ignores the fact that you have already eaten far more than you need.
How Much Sugar Is Too Much Sugar?
The amount your body can metabolize is slightly different for everyone, but the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for women.
You can calculate the number of teaspoons of sugar you’re getting per serving of a particular food or drink by taking the number of sugar grams in one serving as listed on the product’s nutritional label and dividing it by four.
Answer honestly yes or no to the following questions:
- Can you eat sweet, starchy or fatty foods until you are over-full?
- Do you feel hungry even after eating a full meal?
- Can you eat large quantities of sweets or stodgy foods even when you’re not feeling particularly hungry?
- Do you ever feel ashamed (self-loathing, disgusted or depressed) about your eating habits?
- Do you ever turn to sugar when you are feeling down or upset?
- When things are bad, do you find you need more and more sweet foods to feel better?
- Do you plan to eat a small portion (such as one biscuit), but end up binge-eating (demolishing the whole packet)?
- Do you find starchy, sweet or fatty foods the most difficult to cut back on?
- Do you find it difficult to stop once you start eating starches, snack foods, junk foods or sweets?
- Are your eating habits having an impact on your social life, work or physical abilities?
- Do you find impossible to stick to healthy-eating resolutions?
- Do you feel you need to (have to) have something sweet after lunch or dinner?
- Do you eat sweets and chocolates secretly and hide the wrappers because you don’t want anyone to know?
- If you cut yourself one piece of cake, do you then find yourself coming back for more and more?
- Do you get a foggy head after big meals (or mid-afternoon)?
If you answered YES to five or more of these questions, you could be a sugar addict.
Researches indicates that changes to brain chemicals after sugar consumption are similar to changes seen after drug use, and constantly overeating sugar leads to addiction and obesity.
Sugary foods and drinks activate the “reward” centers of the brain, which lead to more cravings for the sweet stuff.
Treat The Addiction
You can typically treat your addiction by drinking more water, eating a more balanced diet, eliminating soda, and sleeping more.
Some addicts are triggered by stress, so identifying and eliminating the source of your stress is key. If you’re suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you might want to talk to your doctor about hormone therapy or supplements.
If you just can not stop,at least try consume in less amounts!
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