Addictive foods cause changes in brain cell function, resulting in desirable feelings that give way to undesirable and uncomfortable emotions or withdrawal symptoms. Addictive foods include:
Pulverized, Over-Processed Grains – Includes enriched flour used to make white, whole wheat, rye and many other baked goods and snacks, as well as over-processed and refined foods like instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, instant rice and most cold breakfast cereals.
The excess refining process strips grain of its nutritious and fibrous outer husks and grinds them to a powder. Processors essentially pre-cook potatoes, oatmeal and rice into foods that are super easy to digest, and that means the body absorbs them as glucose faster than it absorbs granular sugar. The short-lived, feel-good glucose high that results mimics cocaine because it is rapidly replaced by a sluggish, inattentive and up-tight glucose crash that leaves the brain wanting more an hour later.
Saturated Fats – Includes fried foods, many baked goods, and fatty cuts of meat and poultry.
These fats mimic the addictive properties of alcohol because they can be soothing and calming, but they freeze brain cell plasticity. The fats don’t burn cleanly and can leave us with a bit of a hangover as our brain cells moan for more.
Excess Salt – Processed foods are loaded with salt, and since most of us are accustomed to consuming processed foods, we are taking in much more salt than we should be on a regular basis.
Salty foods affect brain cell messaging, making us gulp down tons of water. This leads to water retention, which contributes to bloating, which then leads to moodiness (since the brain also bloats). Salt excites taste buds and brain cells, making us lose self-control.
Sugar Substitutes – Artificial sugars are used in numerous products these days including: processed foods, soda, fruit juices, canned foods, baked goods, candy and more.
They can be identified by the following names: High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Fructose, Corn Sugar, Corn Sweetener, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Evaporated Cane Juice, Cane Sugar, Beet Sugar, Glucose, Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Sorbitol, Barley Malt, Caramel and Carob Syrup.
Sugar substitutes leave the brain down and out of glucose, which leads to low energy and continued hunger. It often ends in weight gain because like marijuana that’s used without food, it doesn’t satisfy hunger or cravings for glucose, protein or vital oils. It may save you calories, but your appetite intensifies.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – MSG is a food additive that is added to many processed convenience foods, and it can form naturally when certain foods are heated or processed such as with cheese and soy. It excites brain cells, raising them to a higher energy level (to the point of cell death). It also excites the taste buds, leading to loss of self-control, and it stimulates the central nervous system triggering feeding frenzies.