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Video: How sugar affects the brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. What happens when you overload?

Check out this video from TEDed about what happens in your brain – and gut – when you eat sugar.

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. In this video, Nicole Avena of TEDed explains.

Eleanor Imster

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