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Why We Eat More than We Are Supposed To

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  • For 50,000 years or more, humans relied on the hormone leptin to send signals to the brain to regulate what we ate; leptin tells your brain when you’ve had enough to eat
  • It is very important that your brain is able to accurately “hear” the messages leptin sends it, as otherwise your brain thinks you’re starving and will continue to feel hungry; in recent years, many people have become unable to “hear” leptin’s message to stop eating because excess sugar calories are storied as leptin-releasing fat, and the resulting chronic elevation in leptin levels eventually lead to leptin-resistance
  • When you eat sugar it also triggers the production of your brain's natural opioids -- a key initiator of addiction. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to the sugar-induced opioid release, not entirely unlike addictions to morphine or heroin
  • The abnormally high stimulation of your brain’s pleasure receptors by a sugar-rich diet generates excessive reward signals in your brain. These have the potential to override normal self-control mechanisms, create tolerance and withdrawal symptoms, thus leading to addiction and overeating
  • Limiting or eliminating your sugar intake is the most effective way to break free from this disease-causing, over-eating cycle

By Dr. Mercola

Here are some questions posed by Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

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