Preventing Food Addiction

Will there ever be any consensus on food addiction? Some people believe that overeating is just a lack personal strength and others think there is a biological source.

New evidence coming from a study the EU trying to pull together the research. There seems to be proof that the neurotransmitter called dopamine is increased in the brain when eating which is similar to what happens when taking other drugs. It lends credence to the theory. To test it, just think about how you feel when you have a headache. It goes away while you are eating, just for those few moments, the pain is soothed enough to give you a break.

Dr. Lustig from University of California was speaking in Toronto the orthomolecular health conference and his work shows that there is a leptin resistance in the brain similar to an insulin resistance in the body. Leptin is the chemical that signals fullness in the brain but sugar seems to interfere with that signal to an acclimatizing degree. Get more sugar of any kind and want even more because the brain can no longer sense it and wants more. Sounds like a drug to me...

Here are some ways to reduce your sugar intake and a few recipes to help you do it.


Some would like to point the finger at High Fructose Corn Syrup alone as the source of all our obesity troubles. As you can see, it is the overabundance of sugar in total. That said, bees are giving us our first clue as to how useless HFCS really is.

Bee colony collapse is a serious topic in the agrifood world. There have been many theories about why bees are dying before they can perform the important task of pollinating our plants. Now there is news about High Fructose Corn syrup being a problem.

The pesticide which is used in conventionally grown corn is suspected to be toxic to bees. Now, scientists at the U of Illinois say they have found a possible link to the practice of feeding honey bees HFCS instead of honey. It is speculated that the HFCS is lacking in something that honey naturally has which makes the bees themselves undernourished. Which, of course, makes perfect sense since we know that honey has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in its raw form. That wouldn't be true of HFCS, a highly processed product derived from a genetically modified plant.

So, while you are reducing all sugar, go ahead and add "avoid all corn derived sweeteners" to your list of things to check for on labels.




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Racheal McCraig Photography

Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Nutritionist
Theresa's French Canadian influences are a part of her "no bologna" style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth.
Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today's Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.
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