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The Most Unhappy of Pleasures: This Is Your Brain on Sugar

The Most Unhappy of Pleasures: This Is Your Brain on Sugar

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  • When you eat sugar it triggers the production of your brain's natural opioids -- a key factor in addiction. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to the sugar-induced opioid release, not unlike addictions to morphine or heroin
  • Like many types of addictions, sugar addiction can be deadly. Evidence is mounting that sugar is a primary contributing factor not only in obesity and diabetes, but other chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer
  • Sugar really is “the most unhappy of pleasures,” because although it gives you a moment’s pleasure, the more you eat, the more you crave, with the bitter and inevitable result that it damages your health

By Dr. Mercola

You sprinkle it on your cereal. Add it to your morning cup of coffee. Lovingly bake it into your children's birthday cakes...


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