Sugar and Junk Food’s Effect on Your Brain
Regular consumption of junk food and sugar has essentially the same effect on your brain as cocaine. They create the same craving and reward in the brain as addictive drugs and has been linked to depression, memory problems, learning disabilities, overeating and obesity.
Many processed food companies use ingredients that contain high amounts of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), bad fats and oils, artificial flavors and colorings, and various chemical preservatives. It is these ingredients, formulated in the right combinations that does the same thing to a person’s brain as cocaine does.
One study found that rats given free access to Hormel bacon, Sara Lee pound cake, The Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and Pillsbury Creamy Supreme cake frosting experienced significant changes in brain activity and function. The changes were very similar to those that occur in the brains of drug addicts.
Another study found that prolonged consumption of junk foods results in an increased tolerance in the brain. Similar to illicit drugs, those addicted to junk food require more and more junk food to get the same “high.”
Junk food is not only addictive, it also causes numerous health problems, weight gain, obesity and leads to nearly every disease! Reducing sugar and junk food can be difficult, but it can be done. If you have cravings, you are likely addicted to what you crave. A slow “ween” is usually the best way to gradually get off “the junk.”