Now that the holidays are over, it's a bit harder to come up with excuses for indulging on crazy amounts of sugar. Oh, sure, you could blame the polar vortex or Kate Middleton's birthday, but we all know we're supposed to be cleaning up our diets. 'Course, that is a lot easier said than done. Especially if you're an addict! Which many of us are, even if we don't realize it. Our drug of choice? Sugar!
I know, I know, we may refer to something like sugar as a drug, but think, "Ha, come on, it's not as bad as ACTUAL illegal substances, right? Otherwise, it would be ... illegal, right?" But as a recent, fascinating lesson TED-Ed lesson points out, the sweet stuff may be legal, but it sure does have the same effect on the brain as some hardcore drugs.
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See, it really is EVIL! It's apparent that keeping sweets at bay can be extremely challenging. It's got a LOT of power over us. But a bit of silver lining about this scary truth: The key issue seems to be if you're eating "too much, too often." Trying hard to keep sugar consumption low pays off, and keeps us -- instead of our dopamine-addicted brains -- in control. And as someone who can say she's been able to pretty much kick the habit, I'd say doing your best to ditch sugar for the most part -- save the occasional cupcake -- is definitely worth it.
Are you surprised by this video? Do you try to keep your sugar intake low?