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Processed carbohydrates are addictive, brain study suggests - CBS News
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People may joke they're addicted to desserts, but new brain imaging research shows there may be some truth to the statement.

Researchers have found eating highly-processed carbohydrates like cakes, cookies and chips could affect pleasure centers in the brain, leading to serious cravings that might cause people to overeat.

"Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive," study author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, said in a press release.

Our brains consist of a complex network of pathways and regions that control for all our bodily functions. Chemical messengers called neurotransmitters allow signals to pass from one nerve cell to the next to aid in these functions.

One neurotransmitter, dopamine, plays a major role in the brain's reward pathways. For example, the brain gets flooded with dopamine when people take addictive drugs including cocaine and nicotine.
This matches my experience.

My best illustration, is that on a low carb diet, I can have everything in a fabulous cheeseburger but the bun. But without the bun, it's only mildly appetizing.
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One thing I am addicted to eating ain't processed but takes some serious raising up.....
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One day a Study will come up with something we don't know.
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This may explain the 6 single serving containers of Hagan Das chocolate ice cream in my freezer....
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Processed carbohydrates are addictive, brain study suggests - CBS News
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This matches my experience.

My best illustration, is that on a low carb diet, I can have everything in a fabulous cheeseburger but the bun. But without the bun, it's only mildly appetizing.
Makes sense. I once did an extra credit report for biology (our instructor was a jock) that taught me a lot about addiction to food sources in general. Looks now like the whole thing made more sense than at first glance. These wild chimps eventually stopped foraging for any of their own food at all and showed up at new McDonalds trash bin after the tri daily dump.
Then they started exhibiting the same life style diseases humans in the west have: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease...
And we all know someone addicted to Mountain Dew or some other soft drink.
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