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The trouble with eating free sugar - as in candy, sugar lumps, etc - is
that it gives you an insulin rush that makes you hungry for more.
The same applies to artificial sweeteners taken between meals - the
body reacts just the same way.
For the body, the taste of something sweet means "here come some
sugars", and your digestive system initially reacts in the same way
no matter what the substance is. This reaction includes triggering
the release of insulin, which in turn makes you feel hungry. This
release takes place right up front on tasting: it doesn't wait until
the blood sugar level rises.
You can even trigger an insulin release by gazing into a confectioner's
window. When you think about it, there are many similar reactions - the
smell of something rotten can make you throw up, as can the sight of
a bad accident, etc, etc.

true before type 1 diabeastes if you have type 2 diabetes this is true 
because the body over secretes insulin in response to sugar or it secreates 
it too late or too much. the insulin triggers the conversion of tryptophan 
to serotonin which makes you feel good. see my previous post on chocolate. 
but if you have type 1 this doesn't happen since there is no insulin or 
almost none. the sight of food triggers insulin release by means of 
"autonomic factors" this also results in salivation and secretion of 
stomach acids. chocolate can make your mouth water by means of the second 
mechanism. spot and christine
A Bender, M. D.
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