Addicted To Pleasure: Sugar (BBC)

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 3 years ago in Misc

If you have time, this documentary is filled with interesting history and insights.
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Male 6,227
@ Turdburglar: Thanks. No worries on the tone. It`s good to be reminded that opiates have destroyed the lives of many people who were convinced they were somehow immune to addiction.
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Male 4,893

squrilz - don`t believe your own "non addictive personality" motto. It`s true that certain things just don`t appeal to you. Then you try opium and your world will change. Even if, by the miracle of "god", you don`t develop a full blown addiction...The pleasure you experience can change your life for the worse. Nothing in life will be able to match the experience, which leaves you with a sense that "something is missing" from things you should normally enjoy. My generation ( mostly the generation after mine) has enjoyed the OXY epidemic. A pain killer based off opium like heroin. I know many people who have lost their life to that chemical. Even if you don`t die, you loose the ability to experience happiness, which isn`t far from death.

Sorry about getting serious with you, but if you ever find your self with the opportunity to try any opiate based drug...do yourself a favor and don`t count on your "non addictive personality".
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Male 6,227
@ Turdburglar: LOL. I appear to have been blessed with a non-addictive personality, but crack and meth are too scary to even contemplate.

One of the other documentaries in this series from the BBC is on opium. I`ll submit that soon. It was awesome. TBH, it made me want to try it and see what Coleridge`s Pleasure Dome was all about. I doubt I ever will, though. I`ve had an opiate-based painkiller once, and it was a fantastic feeling, that`s for sure.
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Male 4,893

Yes, that`s true squirlz. However, my case is different. I have always despised any kind of chocolate, and almost all candy (unless I get really stoned, then I might have a piece.)

In a way I`m lucky that I have never needed willpower to stay away from sweets. On the other hand, it`s something I will never be able to enjoy. Oh well, there is always crack-cocaine!
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Male 6,227
@ Turdburglar: I like dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) a lot, but very rarely eat it. As this documentary points out (and as Madduck stated), sugar is addictive. When I eat a concentrated dose of it (such as a piece of candy), I find it triggers cravings for more sugar in the hours and days ahead.

One phrase I really liked in the video was "reprogramming the palate." That aptly describes what I`ve observed. If I steer clear of sugar and sweets, my desire to eat them fades and is, instead, replaced for cravings for healthier things, like fruits and vegetables.
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Male 4,893

I have my vices, but sugar is not one of them. Don`t like candy, and completely utterly without a doubt HATE the taste of chocolate.

There just isn`t enough meat in sugar.
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Male 6,227
@ Madduck, 10101, and Livetoday: So glad you enjoyed it. A few things that struck me:

(1) Plant with the highest energy content = sugarcane. It`s a simple little fact but once known, it logically follows that this one plant would play a MAJOR role in world history.
(2) Barbados` "Sugar Rush" boom period was really interesting. I read elsewhere that sugarcane was introduced to the Caribbean by Columbus, who`d been given sprigs of it by the female governor of the Canary Islands, with whom he had an affair.
(3) I had no idea that Napoleon was behind the development of beet sugar in response to an English embargo on cane sugar. Fascinating.

For health reasons, I don`t drink soda and this documentary made me glad of it. Tonight I was in the grocery store and looked at an entire aisle of the fizzy sugar drinks. A century from now, I think historians will look back at this age of soda pop and obesity and shake their heads.
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Female 7,867
Please do Squrlz, although I get to watch on Iplayer I will forget. Sugar is vile stuff- I eat very little now but it amazes me how addictive it is. About a week ago I was hungry and scoffed half a bar of Cadburys- within a few minutes I felt so ill I had to go and lie down for half an hour. I felt sick, shaky, really head-achy and ill- I will stick to a square of the 95% in future!!
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Female 4,359
hmmmmmmm, sugarrrrrrrrrr
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Male 18
Have seen this before..was good to watch again,thanks!
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Male 6,227
My pleasure. I really enjoyed this and got a lot out of it. It`s one of a four-part series on plant-derived products (sugar, tobacco, whisky, and opium) that have had enormous historical and physiological influences. If IAB`ers enjoy this one, I may submit the other three in the weeks ahead.
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Male 13,624
Nice one squrlz
saw half of this quite recently (had to go night shift)
Great docu, thank you, good stuff for some reason never gets repeated over here
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Male 6,227
Link: Addicted To Pleasure: Sugar (BBC) [Rate Link] - If you have time, this documentary is filled with interesting history and insights.
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