Sugar has proven to cause drug dependence

Scientists Golfscope University in Canada came to the conclusion that refined sugar makes children and adults exposed to opioid dependence. Briefly about the scientific work described in the press release on the website Science Alert.

According to the psychologist Francesco Leri (Leri Francesco), one of the authors of the study, refined sugar affects the reward system in the human brain, activating its similar with drugs. It is shown that the result is a reduced sensitivity to oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that provides analgesic effect. Changes in the Central nervous system lead to the fact that a person begins to use more drugs.

In the experiment used rats that had free access to the vessels containing sweetened with corn syrup water. A month later, the researchers assessed behavioral and neuronal responses in animals oxycodone. It turned out that the constant use of the syrup reduced the amount of dopamine released in response to opioid.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in the formation of feelings of pleasure. When you receive low doses of sedative drugs, it also promotes sociability, extroversion and interest in novelty.