You’ve probably seen headlines about how “cheesecake is like cocaine for the brain” and may have noted the growing trend of carbohydrate- and sugar-free diets (like the Atkins or Paleo diets.) This is a great 5-minute TED-Ed video from neuroscientist Nicole Avena that wades through the hype to illustrate how sugar actually affects your brain, and how sugars and carbohydrates interact with the communications and rewards systems in the body and brain. Enjoy this video about your brain on sugar!