Is Sugar Addictive?

Majid Ali, M.D.

No, sugar is not  addictive. Of course, this is not my opinion. The scourge of the world is insulin toxicity, which is caused by sugar. It is that simple. Diabetes follows insulin toxicity usually after ten or more years.

There are some so-called scientific authorities who claim that sugar is not addictive. Where do you think anyone can get this verdict if one really needs it? You guessed it right. Here is the proof from The New York Times of December 30, 2014 (a gift to its readers with wishes for best of health):

To the Editor:

There is currently no evidence that a single nutritional substance can elicit a substance use disorder in humans, as determined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-5 criteria.

Craving can be a characteristic of addiction, but does not equal addiction. Eating is a sensory and emotional experience, and food preferences are based on many stimuli, including flavor, aroma and texture, not addiction.

Eating disorders that result in overeating are real and a serious problem for some people, but the scientific evidence doesn’t indicate that sugar is addictive.

Agriculture Department data show that per capita consumption of real sugar (sucrose) is 34 percent lower now than it was 40 years ago. Additionally, more than 90 percent of the caloric sweetener supplied for beverages in the United States is high-fructose corn syrup, not sugar. The writers consistently and wrongly lump natural sugar together with high-fructose corn syrup.

Courtney Gaine Washington, Dec. 23, 2014

The writer is vice president of scientific affairs for the Sugar Association.


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