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The Science Behind Food Addiction, and Helpful Tools on the Path to Recovery

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  • Certain food products, notably the refined and processed “hyperpalatable” sugary, fatty and salty food combinations, hijack the reward center in your brain, causing brain changes identical to those in drug addicts and alcoholics.
  • Addiction also affects your frontal cortex, impairing your ability to control impulsivity, irritability, impatience, and other states associated with withdrawal and addiction.
  • Abuse, neglect, and other self-perceived trauma during the formative years of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, can profoundly affect your frontal cortex and epigenetically influence your genetic expression, thereby making you more susceptible to addiction.

By Dr. Mercola

Refined sugar and processed foods are an important component of food addiction and your inability to follow a heathy diet.


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