Junk Food As Addictive As Drugs

(London Telegraph 10-28-09) A diet of burgers, chips, sausages and cake will programme your brain into craving even more foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, according to new research. Over the years these junk foods can become a substitute for happiness and will lead bingers to become addicted…  The researchers believe it is one of the first studies to suggest brains may react in the same way to junk food as they do to drugs…  When researchers electronically stimulated the part of the brain that feels pleasure, they found that the rats on unlimited junk food needed more and more stimulation to register the same level of pleasure as the animals on healthier diets.

The Happy Holistic:  This is old news, and those of us in the natural health community have known this for years.  The FDA will allow large corporations to put chemicals such as high-fructose corn syrup and MSG in these junk foods and fast foods, which have already been shown to promote these addictive behaviors leading to obesity and illness, yet they will prosecute natural health practitioners for helping people overcome them.  It reminds me of how cigarette companies knowingly put chemicals in their products to make them even more addictive! Than nicotine!  How can we ever get healthy and get raging health costs under control when these addictive drugs are allowed to poison our bodies and minds? 

MEANWHILE, THERE is at least one good thing to come out of the FDA – unfortunately, he no longer works there.  The former head of the FDA, David Kessler, has authored an outstanding new expose of the American Food industry and its success at exploiting our addictions and avoiding all regulation called The End of OvereatingIn this interview, he explains how our brains are hardwired for these addictive behaviors.

This entry was posted in Artificial Sweeteners, DIET, Fast Food, FDA, Health News, Junk Foods, Sugar, Sweeteners, Weight Loss. Bookmark the permalink.

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