Sunday, February 12, 2012

Studies show junk foods change brain chemistry and are addictive like cocaine

Studies show junk foods change brain chemistry and are addictive like cocaine

Mon., Dec. 26, 2011 by: Donald J. Porter, a MAN that Beat Stage IV Cancer -(NO Chemo or Radiation), did a PLANT BASE DIET similar to Bill Clinton's Dr. Esselstyn diet. Much data from Bloomberg Business Week, Natural News, Robert Langreth, Duane D. Stanford
A growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. aren’t simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.
“Available compelling data is so overwhelming the violators, politicians & even regulators have to accept it,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”
Is gorging on a bag of nacho cheese-flavored corn chips, or a Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie, 1 pie 520 calories, 45 g sugars, 24 g fat (14 g saturated, 1.5 g trans) for instance, the same as snorting a line of cocaine? A number of scientific studies, many of which were conducted within the past year, have found that junk food addiction is essentially the same as cocaine addiction, at least as far as the brain is concerned.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on a plethora of recent data that identifies junk food addiction as being just as serious as drug addiction. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrogenated oils, refined salt, and various other chemical preservatives found in processed junk food does the same thing to a person's brain as cocaine does.

A 2010 study conducted by scientists at Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida found that rats given free access to Hormel Foods Corp. bacon, Sara Lee Corp. pound cake, The Cheesecake Factory Inc. cheesecake, and Pillsbury Co. Creamy Supreme cake frosting, experienced significant changes in brain activity and function -- and these changes mirrored those that occur in the brains of drug addicts.
Another study conducted by researchers at both the University of Texas in Austin (UT) and the Oregon Research Inst. found that prolonged consumption of junk foods results in reduced activity in the striatum, a section of the forebrain that registers reward. In other words, just like with illicit drugs, those addicted to junk food require ever-increasing amounts of it to get the same "high."

"The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it," said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) concerning the findings. "We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain." In a correlative study, researchers identified a similarity in dopamine production levels between drug addicts and junk food addicts. Addiction to either one essentially causes the brain receptors that receive dopamine signals to lose their responsiveness. As a result, addicts require increasing amounts of the addictive substance to receive the same level of satisfaction.

Since processed foods, along with many "Fast Foods & Fried Foods" are loaded with synthetic chemical additives, they are technically drugs themselves. So it is no wonder that millions of people around the world are addicted to them.
The idea that food may be addictive was barely on scientists’ radar a decade ago. Now the field is heating up. Lab studies have found sugary drinks and fatty foods can produce addictive behavior in animals. Brain scans of obese people and compulsive eaters, meanwhile, reveal disturbances in brain reward circuits similar to those experienced by drug abusers.
28 scientific studies and papers on food addiction have been in 2011, according to a National Library of Medicine database. As the evidence expands, the science of addiction could become a game changer for the $1 trillion food and beverage industries. I am in favor or legal actions ie: similar to the Tobacco law suits. If fatty foods and snacks and drinks sweetened with sugar and high fructose corn syrup are proven to be addictive, food cos. may face the most drawn-out consumer safety battle since the anti-smoking movement took on the tobacco industry a generation ago.
“This could change the legal landscape,” said Kelly Brownell, director of Yale Univ. Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity and a proponent of anti-obesity regulation. “People knew for a long time cigarettes were killing people, but it was only later they learned about nicotine and the intentional manipulation of it.” Food is made to look-smell-taste good, be addictive & Last a Long time, all with Chemicals to maximize revenues & profits! Do Food cos. intentional manipulate chemicals for profit ?
FUN FOR YOU -- Revenue/Profit driven (also stock options, bonuses) a Must for Food co. execs and lobbyists are quick to counter that nothing has been proven, that nothing is wrong with what PepsiCo, CEO Indra Nooyi calls “fun-for- you” foods, if eaten in moderation. In fact, the cos. say they’re making big strides toward offering consumers a wide range of healthier snacking options. Nooyi, for one, is as well known for calling attention to PepsiCo’s progress offering healthier fare as she is for driving sales.
Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Northfield, Illinois-based Kraft and Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, declined to grant interviews with their scientists.
No one disputes that obesity is a fast growing global problem. In the U.S., 1/3 of adults and 17% of teens and children are obese, and those numbers are increasing. Across the globe, from Latin America, to Europe to Pacific Island nations, obesity rates are also climbing. Stay away from Fried Foods also !
Heart problems & Cancer are a National Disaster ! Chemicalized foods in our diets are the MAIN CAUSE, along with too many FRIED Foods !
Bill Clinton has made the required change to a Plant Based Diet by Dr. Esselstyn --- Wolf Blitzer & Bill Clinton
Cost to Society - The cost to society is enormous. A 2009 study of 900,000 people, published in The Lancet, found that moderate obesity reduces life expectancy by 2-4 years, while severe obesity shortens life expectancy by as much as 10 years. Obesity has been shown to boost the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The costs of treating illness associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion in 2008, according to a 2009 study in Health Affairs.
Sugars and fats, of course, have always been present in the human diet and our bodies are programmed to crave them. What has changed is modern processing that creates food with concentrated levels of sugars, unhealthy fats and refined flour, without redeeming levels of fiber or nutrients, obesity experts said. Consumption of large quantities of those processed foods may be changing the way the brain is wired.
Will Food cos. execs. do ANYTHING with chemicals to make their foods look-smell-taste good & las a VERY long time ?
A Lot Like Addiction - Those changes look a lot like addiction to some experts. Addiction “is a loaded term, but there are aspects of the modern diet that can elicit behavior that resembles addiction,” said David Ludwig, a Harvard researcher and director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital Boston. Highly processed foods may cause rapid spikes and declines in blood sugar, increasing cravings,
his research has found.
Education, diets and drugs to treat obesity have proven largely ineffective and the new science of obesity may explain why, proponents say. Constant stimulation with tasty, calorie-laden foods may desensitize the brain’s circuitry, leading people to consume greater quantities of junk food to maintain a constant state of pleasure.

About 80% of Purchase, NY-based PepsiCo’s marketing budget, for instance, is directed toward pushing salty snacks and sodas. Although cos. are quick to point to their healthier offerings, their top execs are constantly called upon to reassure investors those sales of snack foods and sodas are showing steady growth. “We want to see profit growth and revenue growth,” said Tim Hoyle, director of research at Haverford Trust Co. in Radnor, PA, an investor in PepsiCo, the world’s largest snack-food maker. “The health foods are good for headlines but when it gets down to it, the growth drivers are the comfort foods, the Tostitos and the Pepsi-Cola.”
Little wonder that the food ind. is pushing hard on the idea that the best way to get a handle on obesity is through voluntary measures and by offering healthier choices. The same tactic worked for awhile, decades ago, for the tobacco industry, which deflected attention from the health risks and addictive nature of cigarettes with “low tar and nicotine” marketing.

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Topping the 2012 list is Marie Callender’s “Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie,” which packs a colossal 1,140 calories and 72 grams of fat—the calorie equivalent of nine 12-oz bottles of Guinness Draught.
Top 10 Worst Supermarket Foods:
1. Worst Packaged Food: Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie (1,140 calories)
2. Worst Frozen Entrée: Hungry-Man Select Classic Fried Chicken (1,030 calories)
3. Worst Frozen Pizza: DiGiorno Traditional Crust Supreme Pizza (790 calories)
4. Worst Stir-Fry/Skillet: Stouffer’s Sautés For Two Steak Gorgonzola (730 calories)
5. Worst Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls Pancakes & Sausage Links (710 calories)
6. Worst Individual Snack: Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie (520 calories)
7. Worst Kids’ Meal: Lunchables with Juice, Nachos, Cheese Dip + Salsa (490 calories)
8. Worst Pie: Marie Callender’s Southern Pecan Pie (450 calories)
9. Worst Frozen Treat: Mrs. Fields Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (450 calories)
10. Worst Packaged Side: Pasta Roni Fettucine Alfredo (450 calories)
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Read the following books:
Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy - Dirk Benedict of A-Team, Charlies Angels
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ALSO - The China Study, Forks Over Knives, Natures Cancer Fighting Foods, Macrobiotic for Dummies by Verne Varona, The Cancer Prevention Diet-Michio Kushi, The Food Prescription for Better Health.
• No Cheating as it takes 4 mos to clean/change our blood.
• If you do these beneficial things above, with a Plant Based Diet you will be like Dirk Benedict, Don Porter & "MANY" others that Beat Cancer.
• DO NOT accept the Primary Western medical treatments -Surgery, Chemo, Radiation & Drugs until you carefully consider these books & my experiences, the cause of diseases etc. is critical. (Chemo kills cells Indiscriminately)
Consider the following:
• There are known things that we know .
• There are things that we know that we don’t know.
• PROBLEM -There are things that we don’t “EVEN” know that we don’t know

Must utilize our underappreciated, Immune System that, basically, is the same as everyone else’s - Therefore, what I accomplished - so can ANYONE !
I determined that we all enjoy a body that is a miraculous machine that must be "aligned properly" with a quality diet, exercise, quality liquids, deep breathing, organic foods, & minimum stress, in a FAST paced society, along with some occasional “TLC”.
• If we don’t align car’s front end – tires wear until we correct the CAUSE of tire wear. Must align our bodies with Organic Plant Based Diets.!
• If we put gasoline in a diesel car or diesel in a gasoline car – They won’t run
• No oil/grease in car – what happens? - Problems?