Eating a high sugar diet “hinders learning and memory by slowing down the brain”, according to a study done by UCLA scientists.
Other research has linked high-sugar intake to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Blood sugar spikes affect the hormone insulin, which helps regulate brain cell function. This affects cognitive power and psychological well- being. The opiate-like effects of sugar can trigger the brain’s reward center to go into overdrive. This raises tolerance and supercharges cravings…. similar to what happens with other addictive substances. The highs and lows of sugar have been linked to mood swings, anxiety and an unhealthy stress response.