Sweet Talk: The Brain and Sugar

 – February 5, 2015  –– 

We’ve all felt that burst of sudden energy that comes after eating a candy bar. But have you ever wondered why we often crave sugary foods even when we’re not particularly hungry? And why does sugar have such a different effect on our brains than, say, a plate of lima beans? On average, the typical American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day and this is much greater than what the World Health Organization recommends. And you have to keep in mind this is added sugar that’s put on top of the sugar that’s naturally occurring in foods.

- Nicole Avena, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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