Why do we love sugar so much?
According to Braintainment March/April 2015, chewing on a wine gum releases the same hormone that makes us enjoy sex. The hormone, dopamine, is what I refer to as our ‘happy drug’. Which is why our brains tell us to have another sweet and then another… the dopamine spike is the ‘reward’ for eating the sweet and we want more and more.
But, when we eat sugar, our body also produces insulin. The insulin is instrumental to create our energy store. The body releases hormones to signal us that the stores are adequate and we should feel satisfied BUT if you have a sweet tooth like me, the dopamine rush/reward is speaking to me much louder, so my brain tends to ignore the message that my energy levels are adequate as I now crave more dopamine.
Xylitol has helped me with this dilemma. It satisfies my desire for the sweet stuff but doesn’t have the harmful effects that sugar and the insulin response does.