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026. Is sugar addictive?

In this solo episode, I talk about different points of view on whether sugar is an addictive substance. I have my opinion, but what do other sources say about the addictive nature of sugar?In my opinion, it's not the plant itself that's the problem. It's what's been done to it: the refining and processing and concentrating of the original plant to make its essence into a potent powder, sugar and flour alike. Scientific studies have shown that rats and mice choose sugar over cocaine. Do we humans really behave the same as lab rats?And what about people who have an "addictive personality"? Is that really a thing? It's no secret that all those hyper-palatable processed foods make us want more and more - they affect our taste and our brain so fast that they can literally hook us. How? Listen to the episode!I also talk about cravings, leptin resistance, and how sugar and flour affect the dopamine receptors in the brain and hijack impulse control. So why isn't sugar recognized yet by the DSM-5 as an addictive substance, whereas caffeine is? And what happens when you don't eat sugar and flour? How does our behaviour and our relationship with our food and with ourselves change? I've lived it for the last 6 years: it's a wonderful sense of peace and freedom. This is what the Life After Sugar Program is all about. Find out more here:

Om Podcasten

Welcome to Life After Sugar: Stories to Inspire, with Netta Gorman. The podcast that's not just about sugar, but about your relationship with it, and especially with yourself. This podcast is for you if you know that you need to cut down sugar, but you're not sure where to start, and you're feeling tired, sluggish, and overwhelmed because sugar seems to be everywhere. Get back your energy, lose your extra weight and the stiffness in your joints, get your digestion back on track, without feeling like you're depriving yourself of anything or being on a diet! Here you'll hear inspiring stories of people who cut out sugar in their own way, at their own pace, and for their own reasons. I hope that this podcast will inspire you to discover your life after sugar too! For more details, visit the Life After Sugar website at