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People Changed

The sugar rich food our dear ancestors found also helped them store fat, which was great for them. In a time where food had to be constantly hunted for but was not always found, clinging onto fat was a huge advantage. Sugar breaks down into fructose and glucose, which helps to activate fat storage in your body, as explained by Richard Johnson, professor in the department of medicine at the University of Colorado. He theorizes that during a period of intense cooling around the world 15 million years ago, a famine led to a mutation that transformed even small amounts of fructose and glucose into fat. This was a huge benefit for those with the mutation, as it made it possible to survive during a period of great starvation.

It Felt Good (and Still Does)

Sugar is also known to release the chemical dopamine, one of the body’s own, “feel good,” stimulants. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective as this response made our ancestors more likely to keep eating sweets because they made them feel good. Not only did they feel good, but sweets gave them extra energy to find more sweets, and all this energy was necessary for survival. Imagine a lion coming at you in the Paleolithic era, but you are so low on energy that you cannot run fast. Your low energy caused you to be eaten, and if the lion ate you before you could procreate, your genes would not be passed onto another generation.

A Matter of Heart

Even-though sugary foods are no longer rare, brains take a long time to adjust, so unfortunately for people living in the 21st century, we still have these chemical reactions ingrained in our system That means that when we eat a cupcake or drink a soda, our brains scream the same thing our ancestors heard: “Eat more!” This is not an advantage in our contemporary society where sugar is abundant and can usually lead to negative health effects such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even death. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world, and the leading cause in the U.S. In the U.S, they estimated roughly 375,000 deaths per year due to heart failure. This clearly shows humans have yet to adjust, or as Darwin would say, we have yet to be “responsive to change.” Our environment has changed, but our brains are still in Paleolithic mode. It is up to us to create the change within ourselves.

Birds of a Feather

“ Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. ” – Oprah Winfrey

Growing up surrounded with vending machines, sugary cereals, and a culture that normalized bad eating habits, a constant fight what I knew was right for me and my environment. Most of the kids I grew up with were fanatics for sugar and what pop culture would call bad starches. The hallways were full of kids holding Monster Energy drinks and cookies both of which contained high amounts of sugar. Although I was surrounded with sugar, I had a strong – willed mother who forbade me from drinking energy drinks and junk food because she knew they would only result in bad health. Without my mother’s strong beliefs, I would probably still be overweight.

People Changed

The sugar rich food our dear ancestors found also helped them store fat, which was great for them. In a time where food had to be constantly hunted for but was not always found, clinging onto fat was a huge advantage. Sugar breaks down into fructose and glucose, which helps to activate fat storage in your body, as explained by Richard Johnson, professor in the department of medicine at the University of Colorado. He theorizes that during a period of intense cooling around the world 15 million years ago, a famine led to a mutation that transformed even small amounts of fructose and glucose into fat. This was a huge benefit for those with the mutation, as it made it possible to survive during a period of great starvation.

It Felt Good (and Still Does)

Sugar is also known to release the chemical dopamine, one of the body’s own, “feel good,” stimulants. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective as this response made our ancestors more likely to keep eating sweets because they made them feel good. Not only did they feel good, but sweets gave them extra energy to find more sweets, and all this energy was necessary for survival. Imagine a lion coming at you in the Paleolithic era, but you are so low on energy that you cannot run fast. Your low energy caused you to be eaten, and if the lion ate you before you could procreate, your genes would not be passed onto another generation.

A Matter of Heart

Even-though sugary foods are no longer rare, brains take a long time to adjust, so unfortunately for people living in the 21st century, we still have these chemical reactions ingrained in our system That means that when we eat a cupcake or drink a soda, our brains scream the same thing our ancestors heard: “Eat more!” This is not an advantage in our contemporary society where sugar is abundant and can usually lead to negative health effects such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even death. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world, and the leading cause in the U.S. In the U.S, they estimated roughly 375,000 deaths per year due to heart failure. This clearly shows humans have yet to adjust, or as Darwin would say, we have yet to be “responsive to change.” Our environment has changed, but our brains are still in Paleolithic mode. It is up to us to create the change within ourselves.

Birds of a Feather

“ Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. ” – Oprah Winfrey

Growing up surrounded with vending machines, sugary cereals, and a culture that normalized bad eating habits, a constant fight what I knew was right for me and my environment. Most of the kids I grew up with were fanatics for sugar and what pop culture would call bad starches. The hallways were full of kids holding Monster Energy drinks and cookies both of which contained high amounts of sugar. Although I was surrounded with sugar, I had a strong – willed mother who forbade me from drinking energy drinks and junk food because she knew they would only result in bad health. Without my mother’s strong beliefs, I would probably still be overweight.

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