The Starbucks Addiction

Why is it so hard to resist from drinking your daily dose of sugar?

If you wonder why you can’t have just one sip of a McCafe Caramel Mocha, Iced Latte from Dunkin’ Donuts or a Choc chino from Starbucks, it should be pretty obvious that this is because sugar has an evil reputation of being highly addictive. So, once you’ve had a taste of it, you have the tendency to want more and more!

While there is every mounting that sugar is one of the primary global factors for that cause obesity, there is also enough data to conclude that sugar consumption has a direct link to both chronic and fatal diseases.

A number of scientific studies have revealed that excess sugar consumption can become a toxin in your body and it’s only be a matter of time before you start suffering from one of the ill effects. Institutional bodies like the American Food and Drug Administration have recommended no more the 5 gms of sugar consumption on a daily basis should be consumed. The problem however, is that sugar is in everything, right from pastries, to fried food, and even cigarettes. It’s present in everything that you might eat out of a box or a can.

Sugar Addiction

But why are sugary drinks so addictive? Well, it’s because of the sugar itself. Most sugary drinks contain copious amounts of sugar or caffeine, or both! Your average coke or soda can contains up to 10 teaspoons or 40 gms of sugar, caffeine, or high fructose corn syrup and this is just for a small can. A 20 oz. bottle or a cup of any sugary drink can contain upwards of 18 teaspoons or 70 gms of sugar.

Here are some of the most important factors that lead to over indulgence of sugary drinks:

  • Eating a lot of sugar almost always leads to unhealthy eating patterns. This is because sugar acts as a temporary mood-booster by prompting the release of serotonin or the ‘happy’ hormone, into the blood stream, the body tends to crave more of it all the time.
  • Researchers from Yale University, who conducted a study on glucose and fructose, have firmly established that any food and drink that has been sweetened with the simple sugar fructose, does not trigger the sense of satiety that one experiences from consuming other foods with a similar amount of calories.
  • Caffeine, a common additive to most sugary drinks, is the world’s number one psychoactive drug. Statistical data has shown that nearly 80% of the world population consumes caffeine in some form or the other, every day.


Written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: