The Curse of the Holidays’ Sweets

Sorry people, but we all can’t be Santa Clause and handle the midnight milk and cookies. As the holidays begin to vanish away and become part of the past year, the time for summer is getting near. Yes, the idea of losing those gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie pounds is sneaking upon all of us. As you have enjoyed those sugary sweets and that long winter break, you haven’t thought about what went on in your brain that whole time. You may not be aware of it, but while you were placing the needs of your taste buds first, your brain had been lacking off a bit due to your undivided-sugar filled attention.

Since we were all hypnotized by the sweet smell of the apple pies, we didn’t take notice how that apple pie might have affected our everyday brain function. When in- taking an excessive amount of sugar, our brain may not function highly than it used to. Poor memory stability, development of learning disorders and depression concludes potential risks towards our brains. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year. Fructose is a popular type of sugar, which happens to be the un-healthiest and the most common in our society. Fructose exists in processed foods, which in today’s society, is a dilemma.

The human brain does require sugar to maintain a healthy and stable brain. In fact, brain cells require two times the energy needed than any other type of cell in the body. General accusations are “sugar is bad for you”. Yes, we all know that, but natural sugar is not bad for you, its actually needed for your body. The intake of natural sugar is not harmful; natural sugars found in fruits are needed for the body’s glucose levels. Scientists have stated that consuming an excessive amount of added sugar in an extended amount of time reduces the production of brain-derived neurotropic factor (BNDF), which is a chemical in the brain that helps process new memories and help the brain learn. As BDNF decreases, sugar metabolism worsens which, is common in those who are diabetic. When having low BDNF levels, the risk of type 2 diabetes increase.

So, why is it so hard to resist the hot cocoa and warm pie in the winter? Well, a new research shows that an overconsumption of added sugar hypnotizes the brain mechanisms to not notify one to stop eating. Thus, wanting seconds and then thirds. One can use a variety of substitutes such as fruits to help stimulate the brain and be risk-free of any harmful consequences.

Instead of that second slice of apple pie, just have an apple!

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