Picture this: a white substance that is capable of changing the way you feel, think, and behave. Did you picture heroin, cocaine, or pharmaceutical drugs?
The substance I speak of is much more common than these drugs. It’s so common, in fact, that it can be found in every pantry and fridge in America.
Perhaps you think that the comparison between sugar and street drugs is a mere exaggeration, and you wouldn’t be alone. There was relatively little research on the addictiveness of sugar up until the 1970s.
Sugar may have escaped public scrutiny due to its lack of immediate effects. While overconsumption of alcohol produces noticeable immediate effects such as slurred speech and flushed skin, sugar consumption usually goes unnoticed. It is only later that the long-term effects are felt.