We all love chocolate and sweets. Suppose that you have a friend who lives in the “chocolate capital of the world” full of sweets and tasty pastries. He likes sweets but he should give it up during the period of Great Lent as he is a devout person. So, if you decide to abstain from sugar for over 40 days, here’s what will happen. As far as our ancestors preferred sweet food over sour and bitter, we subconsciously preserved the same preference, meanwhile, we have in mind that sugar may be not so useful.
Our modern society has a dietary system which is completely different from what we thought it would be. A nutritionist estimated the average American’s sugar intake and came to a conclusion that it comprised an additional 350 calories. Nowadays, it is quite difficult to find food without the addition of sugar, sweet preservatives, etc. Eating too much sugar can lead to a number of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, etc. And as we all now psychoactive substances act mainly on our nervous system and make us prone to addiction. Sugar does the same.Similar to drugs, sugar stimulates dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens. Sugar consumption can lead to even more need for sugar as it stimulates the happy chemical dopamine. Afterwards, the brain becomes more susceptible and addictive to sugar. Although sugar dependence is real but you will be able to abstain from it by long-term efforts thus benefiting your health.