By Dean L. Jones, CPM
The last couple of months of the year brings about an unconscious habit to eat whatever. It creeps on starting with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and all of the sports craze in between. All the same, the habit of eating what is believed to be your favorite thing over and over should not be a surprise after that first bite. Because, chances are that it has considerable amounts of processed sugar in it and the human anatomy develops an addictive behavior, no different than drugs like cocaine or morphine affect the brain and body to crave a need to repeat.
All neuroscience researchers share with the same truthfulness how high-fat and high-processed sugary filled foodstuff creates a chemical reaction that stimulates the brain in the same way that drugs do. One reason why such professionals do not widely share this knowledge is that it could be quite disparaging to the flow of business for major corporations that sell such foodstuff. Even though, as doctors treat a variety of illnesses they routinely recommend their patients reduce the amounts fat, sugar, and alcohol; we should not expect to ever see a correlated caution label on sugary-filled items that could read something like this: ‘Surgeon General’s Warning: Quitting Processed Sugary-Filled Foodstuff Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.’
This addictive habit that processed sugar causes is 100% factual when tested with laboratory rats. Rodents have no will power over acquiring a complete affinity for items containing high amounts of fat and sugar. This research also reveals from these test specimens how their processed sugar-filled diets activate significantly more neurons in the brain than cocaine or morphine. Facts like this can raise curiosity on the connection between how foodstuff items containing proportionally large amounts of processed sugar are more widely sold in demographically low-income marked areas.
The human brain’s pleasure center succumbs from eating highly-processed carbohydrates like cakes, cookies and chips just like dope triggers the release of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is released when the brain senses something that feels rewarding. In general, everyone knows that taking drugs pose an immediate health hazard, whereas due in part to the ease of access and affordable pricing of high-fat/high-processed sugary foodstuff can present an even bigger danger than drugs.
Sugar’s foundation surrounds how it is made from sugar cane or sugar beet plants to make it sweet, and officially is known as sucrose. Rarely do we hear how once it completes its manufactured transformation how it results in becoming a non-food product and turns into a chemical substance. In fact, it is purer than the drug cocaine. Processed sugar’s chemical formula is C12H22O11 and the cocaine drug is C17H21NO4. The chemical difference between cocaine and processed sugar is that sugar is missing the ‘N’ (nitrogen atom symbol).
Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on health attributes derived from processed foodstuff items.