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The Brain and Toxic Food: Part 2- Sugar

Lately, researchers have been finding the association between sugar and mental illness.  Two recent studies, one in England and the other in the United States, are showing specific correlations between sugar and brain disfunction.  The first study in 2009 showed that sugar will stop the activity of a growth hormone in the brain called BDNF.  It further showed that sugar will promote chronic inflammation throughout the body.  Chronic inflammation will disrupt your immune system and promotes such diseases as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and cancer.  In the brain it can promote depression, autism, schizophrenia and other brain disfunctions.  The second study in 2012, found a diet high in saturated fats and refined sugars causes the hippocampus of the brain to be unable to suppress unwanted thoughts- such as the need for high-calorie foods.  Individuals with these thoughts and needs find themselves later in life with obesity and diabetes 2.  Anyone with diabetes 2 has twice the likehood  of getting Alzeheimers disease and/or dementia.  I do not consider this a good reward for eating donuts, fried food, and processed food.

Unfortunately, in the United States, the population is not paying attention.  Consumption of processed foods and fast foods with high sugar content is increasing.  A new report on mental illness on adults concludes that one in 5 Americans aged 18 or older, had mental illness in the last year.  That number added up to 11.5 million adults with a serious mental illness last year.  With that many people with mental illness, is it any wonder that our society is in serious trouble.

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