Are you a Food Addict?

By David Grisaffi
http://www.flattenyourabs.net

A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience
says that you may be addicted to food!

They claim that junk food can be every bit as addictive
as hard drugs.

Here is the skinny – The study showed when rats were
permitted unrestricted access to unlimited amounts of
junk foods such as sausage, pound cake, candy and
candy bars and bacon, they didn’t stop eating and
the rats gained weight rapidly.

You would expect that the satiety mechanisms would
kick in and both physical fullness would be reached
and hormonal messages would be sent to signal fullness.

But the rats kept eating and eating the junk food.
The researchers speculated that the rats had become
addicted

But here’s the kicker. Even when they were given an
electric shock if they consumed more than a normal
amount – they STILL kept eating!

The control group of rats were fed a healthy diet,
also with unrestricted access to the food in unlimited
amounts, but they did not gain anywhere near as much
weight.

The main case made for claiming the junk food eating
rats had become addicted revolved around the effect
that the junk food had on dopamine receptors.

These brain receptors are a part of the body’s reward
system. Rats eating too much junk food suppressed this
system and thus ate much more to satisfy themselves.

The researchers found that if they artificially suppressed
the receptors implicated in addiction to cocaine and
heroin of other rats these rats will begin to eat junk
food compulsively.

Here are my thoughts after reading this study.

If you think this is an isolated study or it does not
apply to humans, think again.

There have been many other studies on food addiction
both in animals and humans and the findings have
been similar.

This trend toward junk food is easy and we tend to
slide towards the easy way out, which is turning to
food to feel better and eating junk food for the
perceived convenience.

Whether it is an easy lunch at McDonald’s or a thin
crust pizza from the frozen food isle at dinner, the
frequent consumption of these types of processed foods
can become habitual or even addictive, contributing to
obesity and all kinds of health problems.

The simple fact is we CAN become addicted to sweets,
high starch carbohydrates, all kinds of fats, processed
foods and salty foods and this realization, now backed
by research, should be a wake up call!

It can happen easily. You give in one too many times
and next thing you know, wham, you feel like you can’t
stop.

Although it’s controversial, some people – even some of
the addiction researchers themselves – believe that food
could be as addictive as heroin. Continue reading Are you a Food Addict?

Is Organic Foods Overrated?

Organic has been advocated as the way to go as far as buying your groceries is concerned. But, the awareness has been slower to come. In fact, going organic was “fashionable” just a few years ago. Even today, “organic” is something most consumers find hard to define apart from the general knowledge that it is food grown without the aid of chemicals. This article examines the meaning of organic and attempts to create better awareness in the consumer’s mind as far as “organic” food is concerned. Due to all such discourses that seem to make “organic” a hype, an understanding of organic could dispel a lot of ghosts and show that it is not overrated. Moreover, this will help consumers decide better, probably tilting the balance towards organic produce by addressing a few basic questions.

A. What makes a consumer sure that a product having the label “organic” is actually so? The label “organic” is regulated by the US government with a very strict policy. The term “organic” is actually regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture. To use the label “organic “on a produce, it is mandatory that the grower gets the product certified by the certifier accredited by the USDA. Selling inorganic products with an “organic” label invites fines up to $11,000 per violation.

B. Meaning of “organic”: The term “organic” means that the produce was grown without the aid of pesticides (chemical or synthetic), sewage sludge, fertilizers, irradiation or any form of genetic engineering. An eye-opener, isn’t it? In case of animal products, it means that the animals were not injected with extra hormones, antibiotics and were fed only organic products that did not contain animal by-products. It also means that the animals had access to outdoors. In this the weak link is “access”which has not been defined properly and many animal produce manufacturers see a gap here.

C. Are there any more or less organic foods: Another point to contemplate here. Foods that have many ingredients fall into this catch-22. Those foods that display the USDA “organic” seal are assumed to have over 95% organic ingredients. Others that carry the logo of a certifying agent but not the USDA seal are bound to have an organic content of at least 70%. These would state “made with organic ingredients”.

D. Organic and environment: Growing organic food is good for the environment because it eliminates the use of fertilizers and pesticides that are toxic and polluting. It helps conserve air, water and soil and growing organic food also makes sure that more carbon-di-oxide is recycled without the release of any toxic gases.

E. Organic food for the human body: Consuming organic food is healthier from a lot of perspectives. It reduces the chances of cancer, damage to reproductive, nervous, digestive systems and genetic birth defects since chemicals and pesticides aid in the malignant growth. Moreover, having organic food makes sure that the human body is not antibiotic-resistant since animals and plants are not artificially injected with antibiotics. In fact, organic foods are the best for children to ensure long term good-health and inorganic food has a greater effect on them since their growing nervous and endocrine systems are more susceptible to damage.

F. Cost: Although the cost of organic foods seems to be prohibitive as of now, it will tend to reduce as the demand picks up. This can only come with awareness and hence the cost seems to be justified especially so since it safeguards health and is good for the environment. Since affordability is a major factor, it is always good to pick and choose organic products and integrate them into your diet as suited to your budget.

G. Organic food industry: this industry is one of the fastest growing today and you could make all the difference to the phenomenon. More participation from consumers will help the market to grow faster and will bring down costs as volumes go up. Buying and consuming organic food is the only way to promote it and spread awareness.

Although the development of organic food industry and its standards are at a nascent stage, it would be wrong to assume that USDA is the know-all and the final say. Use of antibiotics and pesticides may still be required on organic farms to control diseases and outbreak which could render the food being stripped of certification. All in all, taking a holistic view of the subject is highly important and buying and consuming organic food should be a habit.

When you look at the actual process, cultivating organic food helps conserve naturally fertile soil, provides for animal welfare, promotes biodiversity, conserves the safety of water supplies, and protects the health of agricultural workers, all the time striving to grow nutritious, safe and delicious food. Now, I hope, you understand that organic is not really overrated but in fact underrated and you would have more than one reason to support buying and consumption of organic food.

If you’re like most of my subscribers, you’re not just concerned with attaining that elusive, coveted “six pack of abs” – you’re also very interested in optimizing your health. Achieving the perfect balance between physical appearance and physical health takes an intelligent approach to nutrition as well as training. My program, Firm and Flatten Your abs, helps you with both.  While Firm and Flatten Your abs is not a diet book per se, it will teach you exactly what to eat to help strip away body fat and reveal your abs at the same time as you improve your health. Although organic food is not necessary in order to get lean and develop six pack abs, organic food can play a major role in helping you achieve that dual goal of having a great body and also great health to go with it.

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David Grisaffi C.H.E.K Level II Practitioner
Nutrition and Lifestyle Level II
Golf Biomechanic
Warrior Diet Level II Controlled Fatigue Training
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