Why do you crave sugar?

Why do you crave sugar?


Since the 1670’s sugar consumption has been
on the rise despite its association with a number of diseases. We are programmed to love sugary treats like
donuts and chocolate, but why? The answer is in our genes. Over the last
10,000 years our genes haven’t changed, but our environment and diet have changed,
dramatically. Our genes are still programmed to thrive in
an environment where sugar is a rare but beneficial nutrient. 10,000 years ago, the only sweet tasting foods we could find
was fruits and honey, which would give us a nice boost in energy as well as a number
of vitamins and minerals. Because sugar was rare, gave us energy and
was often accompanied by other nutrients, we developed an internal reward mechanism. When we eat sugar endorphins are released
– making us feel happy. This reward mechanism still exists today,
and is even reinforced during childhood. Sweets and chocolate are often given to children
as a reward for good behaviour. This makes children and adults associate sugar
with good behaviour and eating it makes them feel as if they have achieved something positive. With sugar being so very easily and cheaply
available, it is now no longer a beneficial nutrient, but the cause of number of diseases such as
type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. To avoid these diseases, the amount of sugar
we consume today should mimic the amount we consumed 10,000 years ago, which is a very
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