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This is your brain on sugar

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brain-sugarAnyone who has ever had to look after a group of children after the cake was served at a birthday party probably has a good idea sugar certainly has some effect on the brain.

But it’s not just desserts and sweets that contain sugar – starchy foods also get quickly broken down into sugar by amylases in your saliva. And, if you check the ingredient label of any processed food, you’re sure to find ingredients that end in -ose (sucrose, fructose, dextrose, maltose etc.).

The little video from TED Ed, illustrates the effect sugar has on the brain – and no, it’s not about the hyperactivity illustrated by the kids – it’s all about addiction and why you keep wanting to go back for more. If you can relate to the addictive power of sugar and you’re looking to beat your sugar cravings, you’ll want to check out Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox videos too. Diane is the author of Practical Paleo, the book I most often recommend to anyone curious about going Paleo or removing grains from their diet. Diane’s video series is free to view, but you will need to subscribe via email first.


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Image source: Brain embroidery by Hey Paul Studios

Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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July 18 |

2 thoughts on “This is your brain on sugar

  1. joanna says:

    When you refer to sugars does that mean food sugars such as fruit , squash, bananas ,grains as well?

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