Is Sugar Addiction Really A Problem?

In this episode I am talking about “Is Sugar Addiction Really A Problem?”

Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods rich in sugar, fat and salt trigger feel-good chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain’s reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again. Listen to podcast and learn about sugar addiction.

Is Sugar Addiction Real?

Sugar addiction concept as a human head made of white granulated refined sweet cubes as a health care symbol for being addicted to sweeteners and the medical issues pertaining to processed food.

For many of us, sugar is addictive. That’s because foods high in sugar trigger the reward centers of your brain.

The Lay’s potato chip  advertising company were really onto something when they developed their “betcha can’t eat just one” slogan in the 1950s. Talk about ahead of their time!

Eric Stice, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the Oregon Research Institute has used MRI scans to conclude that sugar activates the same brain areas that are activated when a person consumes drugs like cocaine. In addition, he found that heavy users of sugar develop tolerance (needing more and more to feel the same effect), which is a symptom of substance dependence.

Women are twice as likely to be addicted to food as men (2)

Women tend to diet, restrict, and binge more than men, which seems to trigger the brain to overeat addictively. Interestingly, women with the greatest hormonal upheaval at perimenopause report the highest rates of food addiction(2).

When food is off-limits, it tends to take on power and value, so it is good to ease into getting off the sugar roller coaster.  Eating protein is an easy way to curb sugar cravings. High-protein foods digest more slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer. Protein doesn’t make your blood sugar spike the way refined carbs and sugars do. Pick proteins like lean chicken, low-fat yogurt, eggs, nuts, or beans. Fiber also helps fight a sugar itch in many ways. First, it keeps you full. High-fiber foods also give you more energy. Because they don’t raise your blood sugar, there’s no hungry crash after. Choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Or smear some peanut butter on an apple for a protein/fiber combo.


1, P. Pedram et al., “Food Addiction: Its Prevalence and Significant Association with Obesity in the General Population,” PLoS ONE 8, no. 9 (2013): e74832, doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0074832.

2. A. J. Flint et al., “Food- Addiction Scale Measurement in 2 Cohorts of Middle- Aged and Older Women,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 99, no. 3 (2014): 578–86, doi:10.3945/ajcn.113.068965.

Do You Believe that Love Can Heal?

Do you believe love can heal? I felt moved to write about how love has shown up in so many ways this weekend. Last Friday we saw the tragedy in Texas and we mourned as a country and prayed for Texas. We sent love to the families. Then Saturday we witnessed the opposite side of love. A Royal Wedding that spoke of “the redemptive Power of love”.

Even if you do not follow “royals” you will be inspired by the wedding address by Rev. Michael Bruce Curry. It helped my heart after a difficult Friday. He is the first African American to lead the church of England’s American cousin, The Episcopal Church. He specifically invoked Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s faith in “the redemptive power of love“.

Curry spoke about BIGGER love than romantic love. He spoke of the love that is a call for justice and equality and in doing so, he spoke to the world audience who were watching and living in these troubled times.

“It’s not just for and about a young couple, who we rejoice with, it’s more than that,” he  said. “When love is the way, there is plenty of room for all of God’s children. When love is the way, we actually treat each other – well, like we are actually family.”

We are all family. living on the planet earth. Many have lost their way thinking that we are separate from each other.

I believe this BIG love is the answer. Thank you Rev Curry for reminding me and helping me through a tough time after yet another gun killing. Thank you for reminding me we CAN make a difference and we MUST if we want change from the separation that is hurting our souls.