Can You Be Addicted To Carbs?

Can You Be Addicted To Carbs?

NPR’s The Salt explores the idea that carbs (and specifically, fast-digesting/refined carbohydrates) can have addictive effects.

After the participants drank the rapidly digesting carb shake, their blood sugar spiked and then crashed four hours later. And it’s at this point that researchers documented activation of a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, a small area that is involved in emotions and addiction. Ludwig told The Salt: “The scans showed intense activation in brain regions involved in addictive behavior.”

As someone who has been monitoring carbohydrate intake over the past few months, I can certainly see how sugar addiction might be possible — and as someone with a major sweet tooth, I sometimes suspect I myself might be addicted! Food for thought…

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