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The Brain Loves Sugar

The Brain Loves Sugar

  Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.  Being overweight, says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, can be a clear-cut case of too much of a good thing — specifically dopamine, a feel-good chemical that gets released in your brain when you eat something delicious like sugar. Facts about Sugar: The average American eats 156 lbs of added sugar a year. We consume almost 500% more soft drinks than we did in the 1940’s, according … Read entire article »

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Shocking Similarities Between Food Addiction and Drug Addiction

Shocking Similarities Between Food Addiction and Drug Addiction

According to an article on Bloomberg.com A growing volume of research is surfacing that may lead to the biggest consumer safety battle since the anti-smoking push against big tobacco according to Bloomberg.com. This isn’t an uprising against alcohol use, or caffeine, it is directed towards potent mind hijacking substances that are readily available at any convenience store, with no age limit. The culprit in question is processed food, which is not only unhealthy for the … Read entire article »

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Possible New JFAA Fellowship – Junk Food Addicts Anonymous?

We all know bacon drenched in gravy and a side of biscuits probably isn’t your healthiest breakfast choice. However, when we bought the container of bacon at our local Stop ‘n Shop, would we have thought twice about buying it if the package had contained a warning indicating the addictive potential of the bacon? Scientists’ emerging research shows a parallel between the brain’s reactions that occur with substances such as morphine, cocaine and heroin and reactions that occur with junk food such as candy, chips, sodas, fast foods — anything that tastes really, really delicious and releases dopamine in the brain upon consumption. Scientists used rats to study affects on the brain when junk food such as icing, chocolate, and sausage were eaten. The rat’s resulting brain were almost duplicates … Read entire article »

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