As I obsess over the Important Matter of Sugar, I came across this gem, which boldly states that “reducing the degree of fluctuation in blood glucose may offer a possible means for the treatment and intervention of some impulsive disorders, anorexia, drug addiction, and gambling addiction.”
Furthermore, they suggest that (normal) people who drink real soda, as opposed to that shit with cancer in it, tend to think longer term. The people drinking the cancer soda get all bent out of shape and demand less money RIGHT NOW!, while regular fatties prefer more of it later.
Fascinating stuff. Without a doubt, the sugar hunt continues.
The results indicate that when we have more energy available (that is, higher levels of blood glucose), we tend to be more future-oriented. The authors note that “the future is more abstract than the present and thus may require more energy to process. Blood glucose as brain fuel would strengthen effortful cognitive processing for future events.” Conversely, having low energy (or low blood glucose levels) may make an individual focus more on the present. The finding that a diet soda drink increased the degree of future discounting suggests that artificial sweeteners may alarm the body of imminent caloric crisis, leading to increased impulsivity.
I dare to say: the credit crisis, and all of the bad decisions that were made leading up to it, were a direct result of the increase of substitute sugars! Prove me wrong.
CAVEAT: Sugar intake may cause you to think “longer term” because it makes you mentally ill. ROFL. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
“sugar consumption triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in the body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of the immune system and wreaks havoc on your brain”
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Cocoa is also at a 7 month low, [[NIB]] . WTF! Is this a The Hershey Company [[HSY]] , Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. [[TR]] conspiracy? Great, now I have to obsess on cocoa too. I’ll be up all night.