What Sugar Really Does To Your Brain

“The average Briton consumes 238 teaspoons of sugar each week.”

For reference, that is almost 5 cups.

Sugar has a taste everyone enjoys – sweetness. In fact, our brains are wired to do so.Eating something sweet tells your brain that the item being eaten is a good and safe source of carbohydrates whereas a bitter or sour taste warns your brain it may be poisonous and thus should not be eaten. It is a good way for your brain to distinguish necessary good foods. Sugar feeds the cells in your brain and this is how we thought way back when we were scavenging for our food.

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To decrease sugar cravings you can:

- Get a full 7-8 hours of sleep

- Maintain a balanced blood sugar level (eat a healthy breakfast and eat every 3-4 hours)

- Avoid sugary foods (obviously, and artificial sweeteners count too!)

- Get more sunshine or take vitamin D supplements

- Eat foods with a low glycemic index

- Remove temptations – out of sight, out of mind

- Exercise 30 minutes a day

- Stay hydratedKeep healthy snacks close-by

- Notice if you are hungry, or emotional eating

- Retrain your taste buds

- Choose sweet alternatives such as fruit or berries

- Fill up one fibre and protein

- Always check food labels or sugar or added sweeteners

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This is what happens to your brain when you stop eating sugar

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