It is not much less addictive than caffeine, an addictive substance. However, there are instances where someone’s metabolic condition may make it more appropriate for them to leave out, or limit the starch. There are some drugs -- drugs like heroin -- that go directly into the nucleus accumbens and potentiate the reward system. Just to get ahead of your comments: A) I know more about him than you think, and B) Tolman was ultimately more right than Skinner. The market is full of them.

However, unless seeking it has at times been your top priority in life, above food, sex, safety,etc you probably cant equate it to drug addiction behavior. 1) Some news articles in reference to this research that say that "sugar as addictive as a drug."

Added sugar is the sugar added to processed food and drinks while they are being made, as well as sugar you may add to your food at home. I agree. Yet thousands of people are now serving excessive prison sentences for LSD et al. I promise.

Your argument seems to be that sugar meets the "operational" definition of an addictive substance, but that it lacks an adequate behavioral component to be characterized as "addictive" -- or at least that sugar is not "as addictive" as a given drug. I believe Hoebel's results, and I think that they are significant in understanding diseases like eating disorders or obesity. Older classes of…, I love video games. You said, "Sugar may be mechanistically similar to crack in terms of addictiveness, but I have never heard of someone stealing a car radio to get a Twinkie."

Yes, but unfortunately, pretty much still the best advice going. ", (If you want a simplified description of the work, read the article on ScienceDaily. However, with the current health situation of the US and Canada, I would say sugar is definitely one of the big problems with our diet. People choose there life styles and should have the right to do so.

"If bingeing on sugar is really a form of addiction, there should be long-lasting effects in the brains of sugar addicts," Hoebel said.

Controversial is not necessarily unpopular, for example all of politics is controversial even though almost half of the US agrees with any given major position on an issue. Every time you hear a news article that says, "Gene for depression found," I want you to think about this case. Well, since I actually AM an addict (opiates, specifically rx painpills, lortab/norco to be exact) and have dealt with weight issues off and on for years I may have a better vantage point from which to speak. Try to leave out metaphysics from your arguments in the future. Glucose, fructose, galactose…all forms of ‘sugar’ in a natural diet. If you believe that, try giving it up for 30 days and consume nothing with any form of sugar in it. Second, mechanistically I think there are fundamental differences between sugar and other drugs. When I was beginning my paleo journey about 6 months ago, I kept those types of foods (cereal, bread, poptarts, whatever) because my husband was not about to go paleo at the time. ", I sure hope so, because I've done the latter more than once! additionaly, sugar is glorified everywhere (just turn on the telly to see thousands of ads about icecreams, twinkies, cadbury, pasta...) but heroin is socially unacceptable with users considered dirty or diseased, so naturally drugs will be dearer and harder to get. The authors go on to note that scale and proportion are best understood using the scientific practice of working with…, I get a certain question every so often, and it's one of the most difficult questions any cosmologist faces. The relativity of addictiveness of sugar to other drugs does not keep it from being an addictive drug. The purpose of my exercise here is that you might understand how we define addiction in the laboratory and hence understand why a researcher would say that sugar is like a drug. They have demonstrated a behavioral pattern of increased intake and then showed signs of withdrawal. All in all, it probably falls somewhere in between and varies greatly from person to person.

Operationalizing is the process of changing an abstract description of a behavior like addiction into an experiment with clear numerical endpoints. Again, we are talking about overconsumption of sugar and how it effects us on a chemical level.

If you are an athlete/body builder or endurance athlete, than sugar can be very useful in restoring glycogen. I’d just like to bring to everyone’s attention here…that the sugar that is found in nearly all vegetables, all fruits, is fructose, glucose &/or sucrose.

Sugar may be mechanistically similar to crack in terms of addictiveness, but I have never heard of someone stealing a car radio to get a Twinkie. It is likely that "withdrawal" from sugar shows a statistically significant behavioral change in rats, but nothing like the withdrawal from cocaine. Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose. If people want to use drugs in their own home let theme.

You said, "I like sugar as much as the next guy, but I assert that an all-night coke jag is a bit different than staying in with a pint of Haagen Dazs." Seeking the help of a healthcare practitioner to determine any neurotransmitter deficiencies and to apply appropriate nutritional supplementation should be the first step. He presents data at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting to suggest that sugar fulfills the criterion for substances that we traditionally define as addictive: Professor Bart Hoebel and his team in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have been studying signs of sugar addiction in rats for years. Why should I as a tax payer have to pay taxes towards people that use refine sugar that are overweight or have diabetes? FATS + SUGAR = FAT PEOPLE. He, of course, said he would have a hard time not drinking it. The assumption of behavioral experiments is that when the rat is willing to do more to get something, it's motivation -- in the psychological sense of the word -- is greater. So it literally takes vitamins out of your system, by giving the body a empty high.

Indeed this how we have been studying addiction for over a decade. Sugar is a dissacharid composed of glucose and sucrose, it’s an easily absorbed carbohydrate that generates energy pretty much immediately. Eating concentrated sugar gives you a quick burst of energy, it is psychoactive.

Thank you for submitting to r/unpopularopinion, /u/saguinus_oedipus. More posts from the unpopularopinion community. First, the statements that I have read say nothing about the relative addictiveness of sugar as opposed to other drugs. however, morbidly obese people are debilitated by their weight and health problems, shunned by society, and will die young. Wheat and gluten are drugs. BUT, to this day, I don’t trust myself with sugar or any other sweetener for that matter.

If the Universe is 13.7 billion years old, and nothing can go faster than the speed of light, how is it that we see things that are 46.5 billion light years away? So saying that something has a similar mechanism says nothing about the relative addictiveness of substances. Continuing the previous theme - I recently got interested in the origin of a particular apocryphal quote attributed to a famous scientist. For example, learning is fundamentally a cognitive variable that changes over time that you can't see unless you have the right experiment to measure improved performance. Ice cream might start out tasting good, but after the first cup or so, you really stop tasting anything because of frozen tongue or "satiated" taste buds. Many wars have been fought over access to sugar and sugar cane plantations (in Jamaica, Cuba, etc). We think that drugs cause -- in some cases irreversible -- molecular changes to the reward system. The day is coming when we will all stay away from sugar in droves in recognition of its savage attack on our health. Consuming coca leaves by chewing or as a tea is very popular and completely legal in some (all?) When was fruit banned on paleo?

However, addicts tend to replace foods that are rich in fats and proteins with foods rich in sucrose and relatively poor in vitamins and minerals” (Morabia, 1989). Fish is dangerous?

And all addictions have similar things and yet can be very different. BudgetBanquerts has a great letter.

I take it out of the water, and the rat sits there doing nothing for hours.

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