Here's Why We Crave Sugar So Much

Kirstin Fawcett

Humans are hardwired to love sugar. We know that too much of it is bad for us—but it’s hard to argue with our brains, which consume a fifth of our daily calories and wants them in glucose form. When we eat sugar, we’re rewarded with feel-good chemicals that make us crave even more of the sweet stuff. And since everyday foods like yogurt, peanut butter, and tomato sauce contain sneaky added sugars, it’s hard not to get hooked.

In the video above, PBS "It's Okay to Be Smart" host Jon Hanson explains why sugar is like a drug—and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming an addict.

[h/t It's Okay To Be Smart]

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