Remember what mom used to say about sugar? It’ll rot your teeth right out of your skull!
Well, my friend, mom was spot-on (of course), but it’s more than your teeth that’ll rot right out of your skull.
Eat sugar, and you can kiss your brain cells goodbye!
A new study reveals how the effects of sugar are as hard on the brain as they are on your teeth, and maybe even worse: The sweet stuff has the same effect as extreme stress, particularly in the all-important region of the brain that is so essential to memory and stress control — the hippocampus.
In the study, young rats were either given a sugary drink or no sugar at all. Some rats in each group were also deliberately stressed out by being removed from their bedding.
If you’ve ever had a pet rodent, or even a kid or a grandkid with a hamster, you know how important their bedding is. It’s their safe zone — and if you mess with it, even by accident, they freak out.
With the rats, however, sugar had the exact same effect on the brain as messing with their bedding. Not only did the rats get more stressed out when they slurped the sweetened drink, but they also had problems with their stress hormones, which made it more difficult to recover from that stress.
And the damage didn’t end there.
The sugared-up rats also suffered problems with one of the genes needed for the growth of nerves.
Believe it or not, the damage can go even deeper than that. One study on rats published in 2013 found that sugar changes HUNDREDS of proteins inside the brain — including proteins known to play a role in major diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, and cancer.
Yes, these are studies on rats — not people — as the sugar industry was quick to point out. But the fact is, you don’t have to be related to Mickey Mouse to suffer the brain-eating side effects of sugar.
The evidence — the human evidence — is all around you, right now.
Previous studies have linked sugar to dementia — dozens of them, maybe more. Diabetes, a disease of blood sugar, is so closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease that many researchers have taken to calling dementia “Type 3 Diabetes.”
That’s true whether you’re exposed at a young age, middle age or late in life. There’s pretty much NO right time to get sugar, and the only “safe” amount is none at all.
But whatever you do, don’t switch to those brightly-colored fake sugar packets and pat yourself on the back, because many of them come with huge problems of their own.
I’ll have the latest bad news on a popular no-calorie sugar substitute later today. Keep an eye on your inbox!