Why do we have such cravings for sugar? This engaging 5 minute TED-Ed video explains the science behind why we get hooked on sugary foods:
“When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.”
You can learn more at the full TED-Ed lesson. Nicole Avena also offers Tips to Stay Trim During the Holiday Season on her blog.
For more, WebMD offers 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings – sensible tips that are particularly handy in this season when sweets seem to be everywhere.
If you’re a Member of TotalCare Wellness, you can call a Nutrition Coach to get more ideas and tips for limiting sweets and keeping your nutrition on track during the holidays!