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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:29

Addicted to Carbs?

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Do you ever feel like you are 'addicted' to carbs or sugar?

There are numerous reasons why people feel so addicted to carbohydrates and sugar. Professionals in nutrition find that sugar and highly processed foods made from white flour cause most of this 'addiction.'

Physiologically this addiction and craving can be cured! People have to consider the way sugar and white flour act in the body. 'White foods,' sugar and highly refined carbohydrate based foods produce a quick insulin response. These empty calorie refined foods, set up this instant insulin spike, dropping back down quickly resulting in more hunger and frequently, fatigue. At that point the blood sugar is stimulating more cravings. This happens because these foods require only a small amount of digestion and are so quickly processed into the body.

Another 'addictive' quality about sugar and highly processed carbohydrate foods is that they change brain chemistry. Neurotransmitters like tryptophan are produced from carbohydrates which convert into serotonin in the brain which is why we feel better after their consumption. (Serotonin is the feel good chemical.) After eating carbs most people feel relaxed and calmer for awhile, especially if they have been in stress mode.

The hormone leptin also reacts with carbohydrates. Leptin typically tells the body when it is full but the insulin spike interferes with that message and sometimes it just doesn't get to the brain or the brain just might become resistant to it.

People become addicted to cigarettes, alcohol and drugs why couldn't they become 'addicted' to white sugar, flour and overly processed foods? Many get the same withdrawal symptoms such as shakiness, headaches, and irritability when they need their carb or sugar 'fix.'  

What are your addictive foods?

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