Sugar, Fat, and Salt: The Addictive Foods Trifecta, Part 1

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  • Sugar, Fat, and Salt: The Addictive Foods Trifecta

     

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    For those among us who have done battle with a treacherous waistline, the suggestions for weight loss or a more general approach to healthy living have become somewhat stereotyped. There is nothing particularly wrong with this whereas the better part of such suggestions are useful and logical.

     

    If we are overweight we must diet and exercise, make better choices, avoid processed foods, and not overindulge. The fact is that if you follow these suggestions you will probably lose weight. But what if sinister practices were added to the mix? What if the game was fixed? Well folks, I’m afraid that sinister practices are in the mix and that the game has become fixed.

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    The cat is out of the bag and discoveries have been made that indict industry of processing and selling biologically addictive foods that are rich in sugar, fat, and salt.

     

    Addictive Properties of Food

     

    The scientific community had confirmed that food can be addictive. It has been noted that sugar stimulates the reward centers of the brain as do drugs. PET scans show that foods that are high in sugar or fat work the same as heroin or morphine in the brain. PET scans also reveal that both drug addicts and obese people have a less than average number of dopamine receptors and are therefore more likely to crave those things that increase dopamine.

     

    Humans develop a tolerance for sugar and need increasing amounts of the substance to be satisfied. Obese people continue to eat in excess despite negative social and personal consequences and will continue to eat beyond the point of satiation.

     

    Salt

     

    Salt is important for certain bodily functions such as the absorption and transport of nutrients. Too much salt promotes negative consequences such as heart disease and diabetes. While your body needs only 3.8 grams of salt per day most people consume about 7 grams per day. Excess sodium can also cause hypertension.

     

    Although salt contains no calories, temporary weight gain can occur because it causes the body to retain water.

     

    Sugar

     

    Sugar is the energy that the body uses, but many manufacturers add sugars to processed foods and reduce the nutrients. This can contribute to weight gain, most specifically if a person’s diet is high in the empty calories of sugar.

     

    Sugar is assimilated quickly by the body and causes a rapid rise in glucose level, causing an energy boost. The body reacts to the high glucose level by secreting more insulin which causes the glucose level to drop. When the sugar level falls, a person will feel hungry and eat more.

     

    An Engineered Hurt

     

    None of it is accidental, some coincidental misfortune that profiteers seized upon. It was all crafted and meant to do what has been done. The idea was to keep us coming back regardless of injury. Join me in part 2, and we’ll discuss how that was accomplished.  

     

    Living life well-fed,

    My Bariatric Life

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    References:

    Calories Per Hour - http://www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_salt.php

    Dr. Mark Hyman - http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/02/04/food-addiction-could-it-explain-why-70-percent-of-america-is-fat/#close

    LiveStrong - http://www.livestrong.com/article/461835-what-do-salt-sugar-do-to-your-body/

    Obesity Facts - http://www.obesity-info.com/2012/04/sugar-make-you-fat.html  

            

     

Published On: July 06, 2013