How Sugar affects your Brain
Your taste, your gut and your brain take notice when you eat something loaded with sugar.
This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine; an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why it’s best to enjoy sweets and treats in moderation.
Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist, author and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She has published over 50 scholarly journal articles, as well as several book chapters and a book, on topics related to food, addiction, obesity and eating disorders.
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August 10, 2017 Wellness tips