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Sugar: Can You Become Addicted?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: If you have crashes, cravings and can't wait until your next sweet treat, might that be an indication you're addicted to sugar?
Air Date: 7/23/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Ray Doustdar, CEO Buiced INC
Ray Ray Doustdar is the CEO of BUICED Inc., and the creator of the all new BUICED Liquid Multivitamin, as well as the curator of Everyday Juicer, a website dedicated to helping people add fresh vegetable juicing to their daily lifestyle.

Through fresh vegetable juicing, Ray was able to bring down his cholesterol from 234 to 168 (down 28%) by incorporating juicing into his daily lifestyle.

During this time, he discovered that although the leafy greens are packed with phyto-nutrients, they lack many essential vitamins and minerals.

He tried taking vitamins in pill form after each juice, but they upset his stomach. Then Ray learned liquid vitamins are more readily available for easy absorption, so he decided to solve his own problem and created BUICED to "boost his juice."
Sugar: Can You Become Addicted?
You've probably heard over and over again that too much of anything is bad for you and to always eat sugary foods in moderation.

But, without even realizing it, you may be consuming more sugar than you think.

When you go grocery shopping, it's hard to imagine choosing anything in a box or can that doesn't have added sugar. Sodas, sports drinks, cereal, yogurt and even bread and crackers are all items that contain added sugar.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men consume on average 335 kcals of added sugar per day, and women consume 239 kcals. Adults are consuming 13 percent of their calories from added sugar, which can contribute to poor health.

This is an unhealthy habit, to be sure. But can you really be addicted to sugar?

They don't call it a sugar rush for nothing. When your body consumes sugar, it's turned into glucose, a simple sugar found in your blood. If you drank an eight-ounce soda or a candy bar, your sugar levels immediately spike, causing dopamine to release in your brain and resulting in a "sugar high."

While you're feeling great and untouchable, the other organs in your body are slowly suffering.

The scary part happens when you try to wean yourself off sugar. Depending on how much sugar you are consuming, your withdrawal symptoms can vary and include headaches, mood swings even the shakes.

The Everyday Juicer, Ray Doustdar, joins Dr. Holly to discuss the hidden dangers sugar has on your health and ways to become more sugar-conscious when buying groceries or eating out.