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Monday, November 2, 2015

Highly processed foods cause food addiction similar to hard drugs, study shows

The conclusion of the report states:
The current study provides preliminary evidence that not all foods are equally implicated in addictive-like eating behavior, and highly processed foods, which may share characteristics with drugs of abuse (e.g. high dose, rapid rate of absorption) appear to be particularly associated with 'food addiction.'

In other words, the highly processed foods work on our bodies in similar ways that addictive hard drugs do: they are absorbed into our bloodstreams quickly and in high doses, but do they actually give us a "rush" or a "high" similar to hard drugs?

How is cheese like heroin?
Dr. Neal Barnard is the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and has written a book titled Breaking the Food Seduction in which he explores the mechanics of food addiction.

Barnard explains the addictive effect of the "casomorphins" that are produced in the body and released in the brain upon digestion of cheese:
Casomorphins attach to the brain's opiate receptors to cause a calming effect in much the same way heroin and morphine do. In fact, since cheese is processed to express out all the liquid, it's an incredibly concentrated source of casomorphins - you might call it dairy crack.

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