What makes you happy? The smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns? Warm chocolate fondue? A large bowl of Phish Food™ice cream?
Well, there is a reason for that. All of these desserts have one thing in common: sugar.
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That’s right, sugar is what makes us happy. But do you know why…?
Sugar has the same affect on our brains as everything else that makes us happy. Playing our favorite sport, learning, praise, spending time with friends, having dinner with family, observing art, receiving emails, you name it. Whatever it is that gives us joy in life does so because of one chemical, the pleasure molecule, a.k.a. dopamine.
This chemical is responsible not only for pleasure, but also has many other roles in our bodies. It makes contributions to our consciousness, mood, motivation, attention, movement, blood pressure, coordination, and unfortunately, addiction.
When a behavior or substance makes us feel good, it triggers the release of dopamine. And because it makes us happy we want it again and again, hence, we form an addiction
This same science applies to sugar, or more specifically, refined sugar.
It tastes good, and makes us feel good; therefore, we continue to crave it.
If you don’t believe you are addicted to sugar, think again. (Unless, of course, you are one of the lucky few strong enough to abstain from it completely, then I congratulate--and also envy--you).
You may think that you could stay away from sweets if you tried, but it isn’t just desserts and baked goods you need to steer clear from. No, refined sugar is in EVERYTHING. And it disguises itself in many ways.