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Study: Chocolate Chip Cookies as Addictive as Cocaine

Ooh, those warm chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven!

Not only are they delicious, they are as addictive as drugs. Researchers found that the ingredients in a chocolate chip cookie trigger the same addictive response in the brain as cocaine and marijuana, according to ABC Eyewitness News.

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A chocolate chip cookie contains 2.5 teaspoons of sugar, which the report said induces some of the same responses as cocaine. And the chocolate contains small amounts of a compound that trigger the same part of your brain as THC, the addictive ingredient in marijuana.

But, there’s more than addiction to worry about when it comes to sugar.

High-sugar diets are the primary culprits in skyrocketing obesity and Type 2 diabetes rates, as well as other chronic health problems associated with insulin resistance.

Eliminating added sugars can improve your health in as little as 10 days — even when overall calorie count and percentage of carbohydrates remains the same.

Added sugars are in virtually all processed foods — typically in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. A package of sweet and sour chicken with rice contains over 12 teaspoons, more than a can of soda, and twice the daily recommended amount of sugar.

Childhood obesity rates continue to rise year after year and the chronic health problems that follow are seen in those children, as well. Obese children as young as 8 now display signs of heart disease, with excessive sugar consumption right from birth to blame.

It’s not your imagination that the more sugary foods you eat, the more you want. When you eat sugary foods, the reward center of your brain is stimulated through increased signals of dopamine. As you consume excessive amounts of sugar on a regular basis, your body’s dopamine signals become weaker, causing you to develop tolerance and eventually a sugar addiction.

The U.S. is first when it comes to countries that consume the highest amount of sugar. The average American consumes around 17.4 teaspoons of sugar per day —more than 5 teaspoons higher than the average sugar intake recommended.

About 75% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets contain added sugar, especially processed foods like sweet snacks, cereals, energy drinks, fruit juices and baked goods. Sugar is even added to infant food and baby formula.

The name “sugar” does not typically appear on labels, instead it’s disguised as sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup, glucose, maltose, lactose and fruit juice concentrate, among others.

When you are trying to cut back on sugar, remember that artificial sweeteners are no better.

Artificial sweeteners with zero calories and a sweet taste are consumed by millions of Americans who think they are making a healthier choice.

Consuming artificial sweeteners such as aspartame not only prevents you from losing weight, but actually fuels weight gain.

Many citizens have reported a number of other symptoms from aspartame to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including migraines, change in vision, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, abdominal and joint pains, change in heart rate, depression, memory loss, seizure and brain cancer.