Very Interesting Research on Sugar and Simple Carbohydrates!
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
This is must read for those of us that struggled with too much refined and simple carbs. This is why your body reacts to these substances and how to overcome the adverse effects. Very interesting research!
"But sugar addiction is not biological. Instead, DiNicolantonio says a certain consumption threshold must be achieved over a certain period of time in order to alter the brain’s neurochemistry. Subsquently, people experience dopamine depletion and sugar withdrawals.
“You get this intense release of dopamine upon acute ingestion of sugar. After you chronically consume it, those dopamine receptors start becoming down-regulated — there’s less of them, and they’re less responsive,” he said. “That can lead to ADHD-like symptoms … but it can also lead to a mild state of depression because we know that dopamine is that reward neurotransmitter.”
It’s not that people should never consume sugar, but rather that they should limit their intake to avoid the aftereffects, which can eventually cause pre-diabetes, DiNicolantonio said. He noted that when he craves sugar, he tries to go for dark chocolate or almonds."
You can listen to the piece by downloading the audio file on the site. hereandnow.wbur.o