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One study involving 23,245 individuals found sugar consumption was associated with a higher rate of depression. 

Another study found those who ate more sugar were 23 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder.

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Reward Response

For many people eating a little sugar stimulates a craving for more. Sugar can lead to intense feelings of hunger.

Sugar has addiction-like effects in the reward center of the brain, causing a loss of self-control, overeating and weight gain.

Sweet foods can be more addictive than cocaine, one study found.

Over time, greater amounts of the substance are required to reach the same level of reward.

Even a single occasion of increased glucose levels in the blood can harm your brain. It can impair your memory and attention.

High sugar consumption causes inflammation in the brain. But, it can be reversed by following a low-sugar, low-GI diet.

Raised blood glucose damages blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels are a major cause of vascular complications of diabetes. It leads to injury to blood vessels in the brain and eyes and can lead to difficulty in learning, memory, motor speed and other cognitive functions.

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Natural Sugar and Added Sugar

Natural sugar can be found in most nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, and if you're looking for added sugar, it goes by 61 different names and it's quite hard to memorize them all.

The two most common sources for processed food sugars are sugarcane and sugar beets, but the cheapest to produce is corn syrup. Due to the desire for sweet-tasting food, there is now an overproduction of corn to satisfy the need for cheap sweets.

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Sugar creates intense cravings

Sugar activates the brain's reward system that releases feel-good hormones. Too much sugar too frequently will hijack this reward system and will cause a loss of control, cravings and increased tolerance to sugar.

Research revealed that obese children have an elevated food reward response, predisposing them to a lifetime of sugar cravings.

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