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How not to ask someone out to Prom

The top five things not to do when asking someone out to prom. This helpful guide should help students to navigate through the mostly arbitrary event of prom, which has in recent years been trivialized and its image tainted by popular mass media. Bird Eye News takes a stand against the big corporations through comedy.

Script and Video by Lauren and Leah Roth, respectively.

 

Sugar Fast, Not So Fast… Story By: John Holmes

Sugar Fast, Not So Fast…
Story By: John Holmes

A bitter ritual is on its third term – one in which our own school chooses to participate. It is that of the sugar detox. Every year, members of our school community partake in this sugar fast. In the past, this event has been held February, but for the first time is being conducted in January. However, should this abstention of sugar completely cut out all forms of sugar, or only certain elements of a diet?

Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.
Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.

To answer this question, let’s take a look at the science of sugar. The human body only requires one form of sugar – glucose. According to Dr. Kristina Rother, a NIH pediatrician, glucose is an important source of fuel for the body. The brain requires it for energy. As the European Food Information Council states, an average-weight human needs to consume around 200 grams of glucose a day, a third of which is used for brain energy.

However, the body can manufacture glucose simply by digesting carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. You don’t need the candy bars to gain your energy.

But what about natural sugars? Can you eat these in the detox?

Many different foods – such as fruits, vegetables, and milk – have natural sugars in them. These sugars are much healthier than the processed kind, and they also have many nutrients. For example, an apple has approximately 10.39 grams of sugar (according to the USDA), but they also have many minerals and can be beneficial to your health.

Now what are some of the side effects of this sugar diet?

The main repercussion of a sugar detox is sugar withdrawal. Eating is a pleasurable experience to our bodies, triggering the release of dopamine, which is the chemical that causes us to feel rewarded. This process is especially susceptible to sweet flavors. This is because sweetness tells our brain that a food, at least in the natural world, contains carbohydrates.

Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.
Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.

Most of the food we consume today, however, have large amounts of sugar. The greater amount of sweetness causes a greater amount of dopamine release, giving our brains a chemical “high.”

When we eat less sugar, less dopamine is produced. Our brains want that higher amount of dopamine produced, so they respond with a sugar withdrawal.

What are some of the symptoms of a sugar withdrawal? In a 2002 study, scientists at Princeton University fed Male rats large amounts of sugar, and then deprived them of it for 24 hours. After the rats were deprived of the sugar, they began to show signs of withdrawal, including paw tremors, reduced time in a maze, and anxiety. According to the results, the anxiety levels suggested a dependence on sugar, similar to the effect one gets form nicotine.

Now that you know the science of the detox, it is up to you to decide. Do you want to completely rid your diet of sugar, or will you only subtract certain sources of sugar? It is your choice.