Are Carbs, Sugars Really Addictive? “Fed Up” Zeros-in On Sugar

Is sugar really addictive? A new documentary - Fed Up - is coming out and it's gunning for the Sugar and food industry.  But is it more a hatched job or an unbiased look at obesity in America?

Is sugar really addictive? A new documentary – Fed Up – is coming out and it’s gunning for the Sugar and food industry. But is it more a hatched job or an unbiased look at obesity in America? Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

There’s a lot of talk of food being addictive. I’m not sold on it. Unlike drugs, you actually need food to survive. I know there is “research” showing that carbs and sugar trigger the same area of the brain that drugs do, but so does sex and a whole host of other things that give us pleasure.

The study in question just showed that when faced with choosing between rice cakes and Oreos, rats picked the Oreos. Hell I would too. They are tasty little treats, but that doesn’t equal addiction in my book.

Now, I’m not a fan of fast digestive carbs (breads, grains, pastas) and believe carbs make us fat. But addiction is too easy an explanation and lets the diet industry off the hook for pushing junk science supporting today’s high carb/low-fat diet myth. Fig Newtons may activate my brain’s pleasure areas, like crystal meth, but that doesn’t mean they are addictive.

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