WATCH: What sugar does to the brain

In recent times sugar has been given a bad name, but is it really that terrible? In the wake of the new sugar tax bill proposed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, it is important to inform yourself of the effects of sugar on the brain

Since the National Treasury published a policy paper for public comment on the taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages, South Africans are realising that a tax on sugar is a likelihood. The bill proposes tax on sugar to reduce the excessive intake of sugar by South Africans.

The rationale behind the tax according to National Treasury  is the “link between consumption of  Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) with obesity and increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease (CHD), other cardiovascular diseases, several cancers and other NCDs”.

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SSBs are beverages which contain added naturally derived caloric sweeteners such as sucrose (table sugar), high-fructose corn syrup, or fruit juice concentrates – all of which have similar metabolic effects, according to Treasury.

Even without the government getting involved in your health, have you ever wondered how sugar affects your brain?

Watch this TEDTalk to find out