YOUR BODY ON a binge

You’ve just de­voured a block of choco­late and you’re buzzing from a sugar-in­duced high. Here’s what’s go­ing on in­side.

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A surge of dopamine in your brain’s re­ward cen­tres trig­gers plea­sure. Mmmm… You want more.


To break down the sugar stuck to your teeth, mouth bac­te­ria pro­duces acid which, unchecked, in­creases cav­ity risk.


The sugar burst trig­gers re­lease of the stress hor­mones, cor­ti­sol and adrenalin. This causes a rapid in­crease in en­ergy, heart­beat and per­spi­ra­tion. Sud­denly you may find your­self feel­ing jit­tery.


Sweet junk foods are bro­ken down quickly, leav­ing you hun­gry again within a few hours. The sugar also feeds bac­te­ria in the gut linked to weight gain and di­a­betes Type 2.


Your body breaks the sugar down into glyco­gen, which is stored in your mus­cles. The ex­cess is turned by your liver into fat and gets stored in your fat cells within four to eight hours of your binge.


Your pan­creas pumps out in­sulin to rapidly drop your blood sugar lev­els. Your en­ergy and mood sud­denly crash, leav­ing you tired and hun­gry.

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