10. The sugar in sodas can be addictive
Anyone who’s ever attended the birthday party of a young child knows that sugar highs are real.
Sugar triggers the release of the neurotransmitter hormone dopamine in the brain, which makes us feel good. This is exactly how highly addictive cocaine works – which could explain why it’s so hard to give up sugar, even though we know it’s bad for us.
I know I’m in an unhealthy sugar relationship when I’m full, but keep wanting more and more soda or sweets anyway.
Another telltale sign is the sugar crash that follows about an hour or two after the initial high. When you look at it like that, it really does have striking similarities to drug addiction behaviors!