I recently read a fantastic article by James Krieger which has spurred me to write this post. It is titled ‘No, you’re not addicted to sugar’ and is a great read. You can read this article here where it goes deep into the reasons why sugar is not addictive.
Historically as a society, we are great at attributing the obesity epidemic to one variable.
There was fat in the 80’s, carbohydrates in the 90’s (and again now), and sugar more recently. We believe that by isolating and removing one group, we will ‘cure’ obesity. However, this is simply not the case. None of these interventions have curbed obesity at a population level. For example, a recent paper showed that when the Australian population made a significant reduction in its sugar consumption, there was no effect or reduction in obesity.
I am not saying that sugar is not harmful in large quantities, I am simply saying it is not addictive.