Sugar Addiction: It Doesn’t Exist, Psychologist Claims. Oh, Really?

Montclair State University psychologist Debra A. Zellner, Ph.D. told a group of reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at a conference called "Understanding Sweetness," that research suggests people don’t actually become physiologically dependent on sweets.

So reports the allegedly not-addicted-to-Nutella editor Katherine Hobson, who tipped us off to this fascinating conference in U.S. News & World Report.

In fact, Hobson points out, Dr. Zellner argues that instead people condition themselves to crave certain treats under certain circumstances.

Oh really? People don’t get addicted to sweets and refined carbs?

Not according to experts I interviewed for my book SUGAR SHOCK! Sure, researchers may have shied away from the "addiction" word and preferred the term "dependency," but Princeton University and Laurentian University researchers, among others, found that rats deprived of sugar actually went through withdrawal symptoms.

In fact, I found so much data to dispute Dr. Zellner’s claim that I devoted an entire chapter to the subject, called "Proof Pours In: New Studies Show That You Can Become Dependent on Sweets."

Wait. This gets more interesting.

The conference was presented by a food think tank called Oldways.

Now get this: Oldways’ long list of sponsors include Dunkin’ Donuts and Frito Lay. No comment.

By the way, Hobson wrote a sidebar on 3 Ways to Beat Sweet Tooth Cravings, citing Dr. Zellner’s tips. (I agreed with the first two, but for many people, the latter tip won’t work — they’re just too hooked on the stuff. See my comment on the U.S. News & World Report blog.

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Connie Bennett—a.k.a. The Cravings Ninja™—is the internationally recognized bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books, 2006) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House, 2012). One or both books were praised Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie has been guiding people to Sweet Success since 1998, when she kicked sweets and processed carbs on doctor’s orders due to 44 baffling ailments. After nearly four years of research, Connie is now completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings™ , which she began in late 2012, when she was pounced on by her own dangerous, Crazy Cravings after her mother’s heartbreaking, traumatizing terminal illness and death. Each week in 2016, on this blog -- at www.ConnieB.com --Connie is hosting Cravings-Crushing Mondays, when she will share fast, super-simple, powerful, science-based secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

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