Sugary Beverages and Addiction
April 27, 2017

It’s been known for a long time that the “rush” or “high” produced by sugar can lead to addictive behavior. But now a new study indicates that sugar can cause a person to crave a particular brand that produced the high.

Think of it as sugar-induced brand loyalty. In a study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated whether daily consumption of a branded sugary beverage would change brain activity in certain ways. They wanted to see if exposure to the product logo itself would create a craving for the drink and whether daily consumption would foster an ongoing positive view of the brand.

What they found was that daily consumption of the branded sweetened beverage made the participants desire the product while reacting more quickly and positively to the brand logo compared to a baseline of people who did not drink the beverage every day. And this reaction was consistent regardless of the flavor of the beverage.

Of course, Syfonatics are also loyal to the brand and crave Syfo, but that’s because it’s delicious and purely refreshing with no sugar, sodium, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or other additives. You could call it more of a natural high.

You can read more about the study here.

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