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Brain Imaging Study Confirms Addictive Nature of Processed Carbs

Refined Sugar in Junk Foods

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  • Using brain imaging, researchers confirm that highly processed carbohydrates stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, promoting excess hunger
  • Previous research has demonstrated that refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine, giving you pleasure by triggering an innate process in your brain via dopamine and opioid signals
  • Food manufacturers have gotten savvy to the addictive nature of certain foods and tastes, including saltiness and sweetness, and have turned addictive taste into a science in and of itself
  • Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar, increasing your insulin levels, which eventually leads to insulin resistance
  • To protect your health, I advise spending 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent on processed foods

By Dr. Mercola

A staggering two-thirds of Americans are now overweight, and one in four are either diabetic or pre-diabetic.


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