Why are Processed Carbs So Habit-Forming? (Carb-Cravings are REAL!)

Do you feel like you are addicted to sweets, bread, crackers, or breakfast cereal? Turns out, you might just be. That doesn’t mean you should give in to the craving, that means you need to break this addictive cycle so you can stop eating this unhealthy Carbage!

Studies have shown that highly processed sweets, grains and vegetable oils can actually activate the same receptors, and regions of your brain, that habit-forming drugs do. With this knowledge, you can double-down on your efforts to break free from these “foods” that are keeping you from achieving your health goals.

There are regions of your brain, and substances in your brain, that can become addicted to certain chemicals found in your food. Endorphins, Dopamine, and Serotonin are 3 that you’ve probably heard of. Can you believe that all 3 react to highly processed foods just like they react to hard drugs? The reason that many “comfort foods” give you comfort is because they act on these neurotransmitters and give you a high. It’s true, let me explain…

Article: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/experts-is-sugar-addictive-drug#1
Article: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2017/08/23/bjsports-2017-097971
Article: http://www.stephanguyenet.com/why-are-some-people-carboholics/
Study: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0000698#s4

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