There is an art and a science to creating an addictive food, and many packaged and chain restaurant foods are so engineered. Like the toxic cocktail in cigarettes, foods are also designed to make your body crave them. Hey, it’s good business for manufacturers.
Is it fair, though? I have definitely had my share of food addictions. I know those cravings you can’t stop, the ones that send you to the convenience store at night. You might as well be headed for a liquor store or a street corner for a pick-you-up.
When we give in to these engineered cravings, it’s rough on our bodies. These foods often carry preservatives, bad sugar, bad fats and worse. And then comes the guilt, the self-criticism and even more toxicity in our thoughts. Food addiction is just as serious as any other addiction.
I highly recommend you read this article about food addiction and engineering on Huffington Post, by Dr. Mark Hyman (MD).
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The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by Dr. David Kessler MD
Related GIAwaken articles:
The Secret of Addictions, Part I
The Secret of Addictions, Part II: bypassing them