Sugar Is Addictive, But Is It A Drug?

Sugar Is Addictive, But Is It A Drug?

Here's a not-so-sweet idea: sugar is a drug. It's highly addictive, so why wouldn't it be? Well, it's also not all bad. So what's the story with sugar? Get the facts straightened out and the myths debunked in the videos below.

Is Sugar a Drug?

It's definitely addictive.

05:58

from It's Okay To Be Smart

The Science of Sugar Addiction

Our brains love the stuff.

5 Myths About Sugar

Which ones do you believe?

02:40

from BI Science

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners can raise your blood sugar and change the type of bacteria that live in your intestines. (0:12)

  • 2

    Fruit does have a lot of sugar, but it also comes packed with nutrients, fiber, and a low energy density. (1:04)

  • 3

    Many "sugar-free" recipes swap plain sugar for agaven nectar, honey, or evaporated cane juice, which are just sugar by another name. (2:02)

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

It's pretty shocking.

01:31

from Fig. 1 by University of California

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    The American Heart Association recommends that women consume 25g of added sugar a day. (0:08)

  • 2

    New U.S. nutrition labels will differentiate between naturally occurring and added sugars. (0:27)

  • 3

    Fruit yogurt can have many grams of sugar, but it's hard to tell how much of that comes from the milk and the fruit, and how much is added. (0:42)

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