Is Sugar a Drug?

Did you know that sugar stimulates the same areas of the brain as cocaine and heroin? As part of a biology playlist, the thought-provoking video discusses if sugar should be considered a drug. It talks about our need for sugar, our brain's response to it, and the concerns many scientists hold about sugar addiction. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the signs of addiction, and debate if sugar should be controlled
  • Show pupils the recommended amount of sugar they should have per day along with the amount of sugar in popular foods and drinks
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on some prior knowledge of how dopamine works in the brain

  • Provides a list of resources that go more in depth on the subject
  • Offers subtitles in Arabic and English for English learners
  • Offers a scientific take on a current issue being discussed

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