03 Feb Is sugar the world’s most popular drug?
Imagine a drug that can intoxicate us, can infuse us with energy and can be taken by mouth. It doesn’t have to be injected, smoked, or snorted for us to experience its sublime and soothing effects. Imagine that it mixes well with virtually every food and particularly liquids, and that when given to infants it provokes a feeling of pleasure so profound and intense that its pursuit becomes a driving force throughout their lives.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you love settling down at the end of a stressful day to a big bowl of ice cream or maybe your favorite soda? Do you have a difficult time enjoying a meal without a tasty BBQ sauce or sweet salad dressing? If you find yourself craving sweet almost every time you eat, you might be addicted to the most popular drug in the world…
Check out this fascinating article from The Guardian that compares sugar and it’s effects to a theoretical popular drug. How many of us self-medicate with sugary treats and snacks to soothe, comfort, relieve stress, and reward ourselves and our children for good behavior? It’s scary how many similarities the effects of sugar share with the high’s and low’s of other addictive substances. This article is a great read to put things in perspective for the new year.