Drugs, Sugar Abuse Have The Same Effect On The Brain, Research Suggests!

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Mar 01, 2017 06:05 AM EST

If you are planning to quit sugar, better know how it will affect your brain. Research suggests, it has the same withdrawal symptoms like drugs. (Photo : Getty Images/Mario Tama)

It seems like everyone is trying to cut down and quit sugar as Lent season is approaching, hoping for a healthier lifestyle. However, the research found out that giving up sweet stuff has a great effect on our brain.

One scientist regard that being 'addicted' to sugar is like being 'addicted' to drugs, which can lead to withdrawals symptoms and cravings once decided to stop it. Jordan Gaine, a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State College Medicine got into detail what happens to our brain when he or she is determined to quit sugar,

Our brain plays a vital role in doing something that would drive satisfaction. Brain neurons called ventral tegmental area uses neurotransmitter dopamine to signal nucleus accumbens whenever we are doing something pleasurable. While the connection of nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex has something to do whether or not to consume sugar.

In a statistics given by Daily Mail a decade ago, an average American eat up 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. While recently, an expert said that an average Briton can consume 238 teaspoons of sugar in a week. These showed that "sugar" manipulated us alike with how drugs affect our brain.

On the long run, like drugs, regular consumption of sugar can lead our brain into great excitement in craving for sugar. The more we consumed it, the more we want to attain 'sugar high.'

Victor Mangaberia and his colleagues published a new study that once a person decided to quit sugar it would lead to impulsive behavior which is just one of the sugar withdrawal symptoms. While other medical experts said that withdrawals would cause a person to feel depressed without it.

Up until now, this topic on how the brain is affected when decided to quit sugar is still a debatable topic. Whether it is real or hoax, the decision is still in your hands. Read Next Article: A Nine-Year-Old Boy Suffers Rare Bone Cancer Could Not Continue His Treatment Due to 'Immigration Issue:' What Will Happen Next?

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