Browsed by
Category: addiction

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power

Why are bad habits so hard to break? What if the bumper sticker “Just Say No!” actually works against us? If willpower were the answer to breaking bad habits then we  decisionswouldn’t have drug addiction or obesity. There’s something going on in our brains where we literally lose the ability for self-control, but all hope isn’t lost. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse calls the phrase “Just Say No!” “magical thinking.” It appears that dopamine is…

Read More Read More

Signs of a Food Addiction

Signs of a Food Addiction

A lot of us eat a little more than we should and want to stop eating so much, but it’s not as easy as we’d like. Some of us have a food addiction. Did you know there are foods that make you hungrier, and other foods that can suppress your appetite? For example, the following foods can make you hungrier: White bread Juice Salty snacks Fast food Alcohol White pasta The flavor enhancer MSG Sushi rolls Artificial sweeteners White bread…

Read More Read More

The Most Addicting Foods on the Planet, According to Science

The Most Addicting Foods on the Planet, According to Science

Chips, chocolate, cheese. There are some foods we simply can’t get enough of. And turns out there’s good reason why we’re hooked. Why we can’t get enough What is it about the three Cs: Chocolate, cheese, and chips? For some reason, we can never get enough of them. But wanting to chow on a particular food is one thing, being addicted to it is another. Fact is, you can become addicted to a certain food, and you can blame your…

Read More Read More

Outsmart The Food Companies To Become A Healthier, Savvier Eater

Outsmart The Food Companies To Become A Healthier, Savvier Eater

Like many people, I crave something sweet after every meal, no matter how full I am, to the point where it feels like an addiction. A colleague told me it wasn’t an addiction, but a habit. Still, the thought lingered: Do we experience true food cravings, perhaps as a result of an “addiction,” or is it simply out of habit? And who’s driving that habit — me or the food companies? It’s actually both: It’s human nature for consumers to…

Read More Read More

You may be a pizza-holic: Research says some foods addicting

You may be a pizza-holic: Research says some foods addicting

By Carina Storrs, special to CNN     Mon October 26, 2015 (CNN) Pizza, French fries and ice cream may be the kinds of foods many of us love to indulge in after a night of drinking. But research earlier this year suggests we can actually have benders on these foods all by themselves, and it may even be a sign of an addiction. Researchers have wondered whether we can become addicted to food for more than a century. There…

Read More Read More

Addicted to food? How to break your habit

Addicted to food? How to break your habit

When does a craving become an obsession? Daryn Eller from Prevention examines how some woman were able to change their eating patterns By Daryn Eller    Prevention     TODAY    5/24/2006  According to Prevention magazine, there may be new evidence to suggest that getting hooked on food — from chocolate to chips — is a very real thing. Rosemary Ellis, Prevention magazine’s editorial director, visited “Today” to discuss food addiction and Daryn Eller’s article featured in the current issue…

Read More Read More

Sugar Is a Drug

Sugar Is a Drug

By Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen     June 6th, 2013  When a person does cocaine it creates a surge of pleasure molecules in the brain, including serotonin and dopamine, or decreases their inactivation. Stay with us, here. It both creates a rush of molecules and blocks their degradation—two things that boost their effects. These cause a pleasure rush in you, at least until your brain receptors get used to it. Many get addicted to this rush and seek out…

Read More Read More

Eyes are the windows to chocolate addiction: study

Eyes are the windows to chocolate addiction: study

Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca  Thursday, June 27, 2013 Chocoholics trying to hide their habit may want to keep dark glasses at hand, suggests a new study, which found the brain’s pleasure response to food can actually be seen in the eyes. In a small study of nine patients, U.S. researchers measured dopamine levels in the eyes of their subjects after they had tasted chocolate. Dopamine is the chemical associated with the brain’s reward, pleasure and addiction centre. Dopamine is also released…

Read More Read More

What Milk Shakes Teach Us About Food Addiction

What Milk Shakes Teach Us About Food Addiction

By Alexandra Sifferlin  June 27, 2013 Have you ever craved a piece of chocolate? Or felt the lure of a hot slice of pizza? And been convinced that the force responsible wasn’t your stomach hoping to quell hunger but your brain, desperately seeking to satisfy something more like an addiction? A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that certain foods trigger addictive behavior just as drugs can. Nicotine is addictive. So are drugs like cocaine and heroin. All can…

Read More Read More

Food cravings engineered by industry

Food cravings engineered by industry

How Big Food keeps us eating through a combination of science and marketingBy Kelly Crowe, CBC News    Posted: Mar 6, 2013 Standing in her kitchen in downtown Toronto chopping vegetables for dinner, Pat Guillet is aware she has entered the battleground.“Whenever you go grocery shopping, or into your kitchen, you’re in a war zone. You have to really be prepared before you go in,” she said. She decides, in advance, exactly what she’s going to eat, and she forces herself…

Read More Read More

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!