If we think he seduces us, the analogy makes perfect sense. Study reveals that sugar consumption acts on the brain as a deep stress or even as abuse. Literally.
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Excessive sugar intake not only exposes us to known health risks such as overweight, tooth decay and type 2 diabetes, for example.
According to a study from the University of New South Wales (Australia), substance use can damage the brain.
The researchers analyzed significant changes in parts of the organ that control behavior and emotions in guinea pigs.
In the experiment, conducted over 15 weeks, the guinea pigs were divided into four groups.
One was the control group, which took placebo.
The others were the group that was put under stress, the group that experienced stress and drank sugar water and, lastly, the group that remained stress free and drank sugar water.
CT scans were done to determine how the changes in the animals' brain took place.
As a result, scientists found that guinea pigs that consumed sugar in the different situations to which they were exposed had changes in the hippocampus, with impact compared to that caused by abuse.
Another finding concerns the Neurod1 gene, vital for the growth of neurons, which showed lower concentration.
Sugar-induced brain changes are of concern given the high consumption of sugary drinks, particularly among children ages nine to 16.
The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.