Updated: Nov 7
If you’re wondering whether sugar can be addictive, the short answer is yes, but not in the way you might think. While you can’t get high from eating sugar, you can become dependent on it. The more sugar you consume, the more you want it.
Sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems. But how much sugar should you consume? The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men
The human body needs carbohydrates for energy, but too much sugar in the diet can cause weight gain and other problems. Learn how much sugar is safe for your body, and whether you should cut back on sweets.
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Myths About Sugar
Myth: Sugar is Addictive Fact: Sugar is not addictive. In fact, sugar is not a drug at all.
What happens when you eat too much sugar?
It does affect your brain in some ways, but so does chocolate and working out. As long as you're living a normal life and enjoying treats now and again, you're fine—and sugar isn't going to make you sick or cause an addiction.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to develop a sugar tooth. Your body may crave sweets, but that doesn't mean it's addicted.
Sugar activates parts of your brain involved in reward, just like other pleasurable activities do.
Some studies have suggested that there might be some similarities between drug cravings and sugar cravings
(1), but they don’t mean that sugar is addictive.
It can be hard to stop eating sweet foods because you enjoy them so much—but if you're hungry or thirsty, then you should eat something nutritious instead.
Myth: Sugar Causes Hyperglycemia Fact: Sugar does not cause hyperglycemia. It’s true that eating too much sugar can raise blood glucose levels—but only temporarily.