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all, science and the studies done show that sugar can cause serious issue to
the human body whether it’s as small as a sugar crash, or as severe as a
addiction or a heart disease. And all of the studies done to figure out the
similarities between sugar and addictive drugs have shown that sugar can be
worse than some of the worst drugs out there like cocaine and have worst
effects on you. Even though drugs kill more than 250 000 people a year compared
to 180 000 sugar related deaths a year does not mean sugar cannot be taken
lightly. That’s still a crazy high number for something that used to be a
luxury, and now it’s turned into one of the most substances in the world. That
number will continue to grow unless we do something.  Scientist are currently doing more tests so
they can know for a fact that sugar needs to be regulated before they jump to
conclusions so to speak. So with that all being said sugar should definitely be
regulated.                                                                     
      

 

It has been proven that sugar has the
same effects if not more than cocaine, so why not regulate sugar as a
controlled drug? There are four things that have to be met in order for a substance
to be regulated. One is ubiquity which means it has to be everywhere. Number
two, it has to hurt you. Three, u have to be able to abuse the substance. Four,
it has to have a negative impact on society. With that being said sugar meets
all four criteria with no questions asked. So people are asking questions about
how it isn’t regulated substance or even banned. First of all you can’t get rid
of sugar completely, it just won’t happen, like when they tried to ban alcohol
and that didn’t work out to well. The thing is that there’s no doubt that we
have to have some kind of sugar reduction, but how do we go about doing that.
The only way to do that is to tax sugar and restriction of access.   The restriction of access part is easy but
the tax part not so much. The tax can’t go to the palpitations because then it
would go right into their pockets. So the tax has to be palatable or
“tied” to another thing. For example Mexico passed a pop tax but Mexico doesn’t
have portable water. Why would they tax the only thing safe to drink? It’s because
they put that money towards better water supply for the country. Our country
could put that tax to something useful like helping kids who can’t go to school
or college.

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Sugar actually used to be kind of like a condiment< it wasn't in a lot of things and wasn't in a lot of foods. Now it's a substance that is in virtually every food that's a problem because we have a limited capacity to metabolize it. Pretty much like every kind of alcohol a little is OK a lot is not. Study show that an average amount that is safe is 6 to 9 teaspoons valley sugar per day. Now Americans are having 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is driving obesity heart disease cancer dementia virtually every chronic metabolic disease that you can think of is being driven by this excess of sugar. All this added sugar comes from the big food companies because they know it's addictive so they put more in so more people keep buying it   There is no doubt that sugar is very addictive but is it the same as drugs? A study found that high consumption of sugar for a long period of time will decrease dopamine leaves which will leave you wanting a higher amount of sugar to avoid going into a state of depression. Which does almost if not exactly what cocaine does? Once into this state it is very hard to break this cycle. And if you decide t withdraw from sucrose or going "cold turkey" can be as hard if not harder that withdrawing from cocaine. A study done in 2014 by Edinburgh University lead them to believe that sugar addiction is not a biochemical dependants rather a physiological one like gambling.   In order to decide if it's a drug you have to understand what an addiction is. An addiction has two components, biological and behavioral. An addiction is a chronic brain disorder that is characterized by compulsive substance seeking. The reason it is considered a brain disease is because the substance changes the brains structure and how it works. When we do something pleasurable it triggers the dopamine. Even thought this "rush" feels good it encourages is to keep doing what you're doing. Sugar is a natural reward, in response to this dopamine is released into your mesolimbic dopamine system which is the part of the brain in charge of rewards. It does this to signal your brains reward system. This makes you feel good and wanting more which is where the addiction part comes in.   Can sugar be regulated as a drug? If so what are the effects that sugar has on people for scientists to lean toward it being regulated as a drug?  First of all it's difficult to do a real comparison between drugs because there are so many factors that come into play.  The availability of the drug and a person's genetics  all factor in. with genetics , a person's can process the drug to quickly and have negative reactions to it. So you can't exactly do experiment o humans, but you can with animals. Animals are very easy to test how addictive a substance is. It's simple, the harder the animal works for the substance the more highly addictive it is. A study done on hamsters with cocaine showed that when with drawled from the cocaine most of the hamsters would go as far as starving themselves because they wanted the substance so bad. Another study was done on rats where they gave one group of rats cocaine and another group they gave Oreos. The group with Oreos was activated more strongly rather than the cocaine. This lead to another study in 2011 where scientist found that people with a food addiction react the same way others do when they have a drug addiction. But just junk food activates the same part of the brain as a drug more strongly does not mean it is addicting.