Why are people addicted to sugar?

Many people (especially young children) are addicted to glucose (sugar). Is there any reason why? Why get hooked on things that are bad for your body (alcohol, drugs, etc) Is it a sense of "I do what I want, not what my health wants." Why isn't anybody addicted to the stuff that's good for them?
Asked Apr 30, 2014
well, it is just the taste of sugar actually. its sweet to the tongue (however you spell it >.< ). it is like you being addicted to you favorite TV show or your favorite book. it is just the style of it you enjoy. c:
Answered Apr 30, 2014
Thanks. I had to write a science essay (ugh) on this and it really helped. And you did spell tongue right. ;)
It tastes good.
Answered Aug 03, 2014
The exact same brain centers are at play. People who have a certain predisposition to addiction become addicted to these foods and lose control over their consumption. This is basically how sugar and other junk foods "hijack" the brain chemistry to make us crave more and eat more.

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Answered Nov 28, 2017
Sugar not only tastes good but is also potentially very addictive. Consuming or even thinking about sugar can trigger a dopamine release, a neurotransmitter that controls pleasure and reward-motivated behavior, into your system. Studies have shown that sugar can be as addictive as drugs and alcohol also.
Answered Jul 05, 2019
Rats were giver IV cocaine for months ,then the rats were given a choice between cocaine and sugar wishing 1 week the rats had all switched to sugar , Its toxic highly addictive destroys the immune system & teeth . I am a recovering sugar addict , sugar caused my immunity to turn against my own body and nearly killed me . I cut out sugar and now 5 years on am slowly recovering I can get out of bed now most days but PLEASE TAKE HEED , I never believed that it was as simple as a high sugar diet ,I am a size 10 in clothes ,( not at all fat) You don't need to be overweight to eat toxic amounts of sugar . I have no other additional addictions .I find it very hard to cut sugar completely ( main culprit white bread & Pasta ) Good luck I hope this helps.
Answered Sep 27, 2019
Sugar activates the brain's reward system. Drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines and nicotine hijack this brain system. Activation of this system leads to intense feelings of reward that can result in cravings and addiction.
Answered 6 days ago

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