Hidden Sugars: What You Need to Know

Jul 09, 2018

Did you know that when we eat sugar we have the same brain response as activities linked to addiction? It's true!  When we consume sugar the brain releases dopamine which is a neurotransmitter associated with reward, pleasure, and happiness. It increases our motivation, including the motivation to seek out foods which give us a sense of happiness. HELLO SUGAR CRAVINGS!

When we think of sugar, sure we think of sweets and candy, cakes, pie, and baked good but sugar is more common than just in your morning doughnut or afternoon ice cream treat!


Below is a list of common places sugar is HIDING in your daily routines:

1.  Drinks

Sports drinks, energy drinks, smoothies, juices, sodas, sweet teas, fruit drinks.

2. Candy and Desserts

Cakes, cookies, pies, and baked goods such as pastries, doughnuts, brownies etc.

3. Cereals and MANY Breakfast Foods

Pre-make flavored oatmeal, frozen muffins, pancakes, waffles, yogurts and other dairy products.

4. Protein/Granola Bars, dried...

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