Science Proves That Junk Food Is Addictive…
Science Confirms: Junk Food is Addictive Like Drugs
Do you ever feel addicted to food?
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Food addiction is a serious health problem that has many divergent definitions, my favorite one being from the American Society of Addiction Medicine:
“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
When a person starts to get sick from eating low quality foods, the body begins to exude warning signals such as increased weight, poor sleep, and fatigue. If a doctor is giving proper advice, he’ll say to clean up lifestyle in order to avoid a lifetime of bad health and premature death. But all too often, individuals will yo-yo diet, fall back into a poor dietary pattern, and eventually give up altogether.
Unfortunately, this results in a multitude of the health problems we see today. And even though we all want to make changes, we’re often unable to summon the willpower to take control. Is it really that hard to believe much of the population is absolutely addicted to junk food?
Junk Food and the Brain
Two common components in junk food are sugar and wheat, the two things that seem to be at the forefront of providing us with the plethora of modern Western diseases. There is actual research evidence that these “foods” can cause changes in brain chemistry, specifically involving dopamine and opiate receptors. This leads to a food addiction similar to illegal drugs.
In prehistoric times, evolution taught us that everything that tasted sweet was safe to eat. Neural mechanisms in our brains have been designed to give us a sense of reward whenever we eat something sweet in order to encourage us to seek out the behavior again. Evolution didn’t anticipate that we would someday have processed sugar in such abundance that it could make us unhealthy.
When rats are fed with sugar, they experience behavioral and neurochemical changes that are similar to what happens when they consume narcotics. These changes are specifically related to dopamine and opioid receptors in the nucleus accumbens of the brain (1).
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