Is Junk Food Addictive?

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Is Junk Food Addictive?

Not only is junk food actually addictive, it’s designed to be that way on purpose. So if you find it hard to stop eating sweets, salty snacks and heavily processed foods, it’s because food scientists, who know how the human body and brain reacts to certain stimuli in foods, specifically designed these foods to get you to keep eating them.

Most food manufacturers are profit-oriented, so they produce food in massive quantities using the lowest quality ingredients. That strategy is great if you’re a stockholder, but not so great if you’re a consumer. And definitely not if you’re a health or weight-conscious consumer.

As an example, potato chips are designed with what food manufacturers call the bliss point; the exact right combination of sodium, crunch and mouth feel to get you to keep dipping into the bag.

It’s not new, but it is news to many people that a huge percentage of packaged foods are engineered to be addictive. It’s been estimated that 80% of foods on grocery shelves in the US contain added sugar, perhaps the most highly addictive food substance in the known world. It’s good for repeated sales, but it’s definitely not good for your health and weight.

And if that’s not bad enough, after the manufacturing process has stuffed all the food scientists’ knowledge of how to get us to eat more of their foods into the box, bag or tube, the marketers come in and blast us with images of irresistible foods.

How can you fight back? First, educate yourself. Watch documentaries such as Fed Up  Forks over Knives and Food, Inc. that expose the public health risk associated with manufactured foods. More personally, you can up the quality of your food choices. The fewer junky, processed foods you eat, the sooner the desire for them will diminish. It means going cold turkey, but limiting your junk food intake for a few days will blunt the addictive hold it has over you and your food choices.

The more whole, real, minimally processed foods you eat, the sooner your brain and body will heal from its addiction to junk food. These healthful changes are ideal to make anytime, but especially in conjunction with your Spatz adjustable gastric balloon insertion.

 

Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon.  You can find her on Google+ or at rebeca@spatzmedical.com. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.

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