How sugar affects the brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Where do you feel love? Body maps show emotions’ effects

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Getting sweaty palms or butterflies in our stomach when we feel nervous. Feeling the hot rush in our cheeks when we’re embarrassed or ashamed. Having that all-over warm feeling from being in love. Our emotions produce some pretty strong effects on the body, and now a team of Finnish researchers has produced a set of ‘body maps’ showing just what effect different emotions have on us.

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