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What happens in the brain that makes sugary foods so hard to resist? 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.

Learn more about how sugar affects the brain in this fully animated and colorful video.