Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine

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A study with rats, presented by the Society for Neuroscience last week, found that when given the choice between sugar water and cocaine, rats prefer sugar. Then the scientists did the same test with cocaine-addicted rats, and found that the majority of them preferred sugar. When they substituted saccharin for the sugar, the rats chose the saccharin.

Scientists concluded “that sweets like drugs can activate an ‘incentive system’ in the brain that helps reinforce behaviors.” Meaning, sugar is addictive like drugs are addictive.

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