In a world where we are constantly informed about the health risks of toxic substances like illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, one of the most dangerous dietary substance of all might be lurking right in front of our faces. What is this toxic substance? It goes by the names fructose, sucrose, lactose and dozens of others, but you know it as common sugar.
“What?!” You might be thinking. “How could something so sweet and delicious possibly be compared to drugs?”
It’s easy to assume that this tasty carbohydrate must be harmless, but sugar has a sinister side. In fact, recent studies have revealed that sugar impacts the brain in frightening ways. More people die every year from the complications of sugar addiction than taking illegal drugs, and one study has found that sugar can be as addicting as crack cocaine, at least for lab rats.