Love sweets? Study finds sugar alters brain chemistry in just 12 days!
Who doesn't love to savor a delicious piece of chocolate or a heaping scoop of ice cream? While it's important to remember that a little bit of sugar is fine in moderation, there is some startling new evidence about its affect on the brain. A new study from the the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University in Denmark has found that sugar alters the reward-processing circuits of the brain to create an addiction similar to those of drugs. The study was done on minipigs and used PET imaging to examine the receptors in the brain. The researchers observed alterations in multiple parts of the brain after the sugar intake, including the amygdala, thalamus, striatum, prefrontal cortex, cingulate cortex and nucleus accumbens.
Research on humans still needs to be done to confirm that the pigs' brains responded to sugar in the same way humans' brains would. To read more about the research, visit https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327512.php#1.