Monday, January 10, 2011

Addicted to Junk Food?

A study published in Nature Neuroscience showed that junk food and drugs have some similar effects on the brain. Lab rats fed a constant diet of sausages, bacon, cheesecake and frosting, sought out more junk food even when it meant enduring a painful shock.

The pleasure centers in the rats brains became sluggish after they got used to the endless supply of junk food. They needed bigger doses to get the same good feelings, since their thresholds greatly increased {like a drug addict}.

Junk Food + Chips + Lays + Unhealthy Food + Snacks + Salty Foods + Fried Chips


Neurobiologist Associate Professor Paul Kenny from the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, says overeating junk food can lead to a compulsive habit, one that is beyond your control. Research suggests that there could be something in the accumulated fat itself that alters the brain's reward threshold, creating a cycle of overeating but never feeling satisfied.

Regardless of the reason why and how the brain reacts to junk food, the end result is addiction + weight gain. Try going for healthy snacks instead, like fruits, nuts and veggies!

14 comments:

  1. that makes a lot of sense.
    wish i had no junk food in my life!! i like chips and candy...boo.
    trying to be better though! ;)

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  2. Yes! I knew it! Once I start eating poorly it is so hard to stop. It takes me weeks to wean myself off of bad habits (i.e. the holidays) which is why it is a constant struggle to make the right choices. I had a choice to heat up the homemade gourmet mac and cheese I made last night or eat the roasted chicken for lunch, I am glad I made the right choice....I'll leave the comfort food for my husband, he has the metabolism of a hummingbird!

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  3. Well its definitely a bad habit of mine that I need nix ASAP!! =P

    Melanie's Randomness

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  4. thank GOD I feel guilty when I even bite a BIT of junk.

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  5. I am sooo addicted to fried things! I seriously love all things fried and I have considered banning it from my diet all together. I needed to hear this from you!

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  6. Wow...this is scary. Kori xoxo

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  7. The problem is I prefer the taste of junk to vegetables :s
    And im lazy with fruit. If someone would peel my fruit for me and make it presentable id be more likely to turn to it!!

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  8. We can find explanations for everything we do, and there is no question that many things have addictive qualities, including food. But I think it is important to remember that nothing really can compete with our willingness to change our own behaviors.

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  9. Makes so much sense! Right now I am actually nibbling on some frozen pineapple bits from Trader Joes, tastes like a piece of candy! I also recommend freeze dried fruit and veggies (you can get huge #10 cans from food storage companies) if you are craving crunchy.

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  10. This makes so much sense!! I'm not a serious addict to a LOT of junk food. I am mostly addicted to Coke. I have tried several times to stop drinking Coke and replace it with sparkling water or tea, but notice that after a day without Coke I get really angry. It affects my mood and I freak out and drink a Coke. What a vicious cycle. :(

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  11. i crave sugar like a junkie for sure. gummy bears: you are my nemesis!! :)
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  12. oh i'm definitely addicted. it's bad.

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  13. I am so addicted to cheese things - cheese puffs, cheddar goldfish, Dorito's, it's badddd. I just need crunchy stuff! Luckily I still have a pretty good metabolism lol

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  14. Oh my gosh, Lays chips! I haven't seen those around since forever, and I was definitely addicted. I'm so much better now, especially in summer when yummy fruits are in season.

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