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Donuts, cereal and pizza should be redefined as DRUGS

Friday, November 11, 2022 9:42 AM

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Some may argue this point but there is no doubt that much of the fast food we eat is very addictive. For some reason or other, we just crave it and if we try to stay away it is very difficult. 

The preservatives, flavors and often sugar added in these refined foods are chemicals that act on the body the same as a drug would. In an article published in the Daily Mail Dr. Ashley Gearhardt, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan, said and I quote “HPFs are more like a drug than they are a food. Dr. Alexandra DiFeliceantoni, a health behaviors research professor at Virginia Tech, described the foods as vessels to deliver addictive substances. You can read the full article by clicking on “article” below. 

This article and again I quote “Items like donuts, sugary cereals and pizza meet the official criteria that established cigarettes as a drug in the 1990s. These include causing compulsive use and mood-altering effects on the brain, and having properties or ingredients that reinforce addiction or trigger cravings”.  

We at Better Body Clinical Nutrition understand this problem and have helped our clients with their food choices as part of our protocol. It is a challenge when the foods we are served are often processed and addictive but there are many ways to help. There is the fact that these foods create deficiencies and that when we correct these deficiencies, it goes a long way toward restoring some health and balance.