What’s the latest on addiction?

What’s the latest on addiction? 

All of us already know that many are addicted, or under the control of cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, cocaine, gambling and even more.  This week I have seen important results concerning new tests that have discovered the fact that high glycemic foods, as in highly processed carbohydrates, travel the same pathways in the brain, and they too are very addictive.

Their test went something like this:

A team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, created this study.  His team found that consuming highly processed, rapidly digested carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings.

This test conducted with Milkshakes?

A dozen overweight or obese men were given two shakes at different times: A normal milkshake high on the glycemic index – or as we would say, high carb -- and a low-glycemic shake that looked and tasted the same.

The highly sugar sweetened shake, of course, did just what was expected, causing blood-sugar levels to spike and plunge in a matter of hours. The results showed that consuming highly processed, rapidly digested carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings.  Okay we can say it -- it was very addictive.

Continuing with the study; as their blood-sugar levels plunged, the men got hungry again. And as they got hungry, the region of the brain involved in addiction -- the same "reward center" that leads to gambling addiction, drug abuse and many other problems -- lit up just like it would with any other addiction.

The low-glycemic shake didn't cause any of those issues, which clearly shows the value of a low glycemic dietary lifestyle.

These latest results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 26th.

The scientists found a correlation between food addiction and greater activity in the anterior cingulated cortex, amygdala, and medial orbitofrontal cortex as this test took place.

Yes this evidence demonstrates that the area of the brain that was afore mentioned is associated with drug addiction and dependence also happens to be linked to the area of the brain related to food cravings, pleasure and rewards.

Now, this leads us to ask an important question.  And yes, it is important to know the answer to this.  That question is what particular types of foods are addictive?

The research I discovered showed that these foods included high-glycemic carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, sugary treats, rice and baked goods.  (Note, all highly processed grains are high glycemic foods.)

Scientists and doctors do not like to speak in absolutes, but I can reach only one conclusion from this test:  that conclusion is the fact that carbs or carbohydrates, if you will, are every bit as addictive as cocaine, smoking and even gambling.

That's why it is so critical to break your own carb addiction now. Get turned on to a delicious low-glycemic dietary lifestyle rich in low glycemic vegetables,  natural fats and proteins that will help you lose excess weight and get healthy.   All benefits will be accomplished at the same time and with the same healthy low glycemic diet.  

I enjoy helping those I work with by creating low glycemic recipes or modifying high  glycemic ones to help them get greater results, No, it’s not actually part of my certified program I just like food and to help them (bribe actually) to get fantastic results with these great tasting low glycemic recipes. 

It works, and they love their new shape as well as their greatly improved health.

The first stage high glycemic eating will cause is elevated blood sugar.   To ensure you have normal and stable blood sugar readings go here:  ‘http://www.squidoo.com/normal-blood-sugar’

What to do now?

Learn how you too can enjoy better health along with a slimmer body by utilizing a healthy low glycemic, non-additive dietary lifestyle.

It is not really difficult to live this dietary lifestyle, just learn which foods are low glycemic, then make delicious as well as wise choices. 

In doing this you will find yourself free from addiction to high glycemic foods!

Both you and those you love will be happy you thrive with a non – addictive low glycemic lifestyle.

Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing. She can be reached at AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com)