Food Addiction Study: Rats prefer Sugar over Cocaine!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
If you have read my blogs you will see I got off track in Dec and part of January but got back to my eating plan on 1-17-2011
1-17: Wgt 180.5
1-18: Wgt. 179.2
1-19: Wgt. 176.4
1-20: wgt. 175.4 ( My body definitely responds to not eating sugar and junk!) Thank you God.
This is a continuation of the subject about being addicted to food. It might be good to read my other blogs first before this one.
The Paragraphs below are REALLY WORTH READING. THIS helps explain what happens when we eat the sugar and processed foods.
We now see that the brain of the food addict is predisposed to respond differently to addictive foods due to dopamine receptor deficiencies and that addictive foods stimulate and increase the transmission of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. When the brain is flooded with these neurotransmitters, euphoria results leading to the compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating. Tolerance builds, increasing the frequency and amounts of the substance needed.
How do addictive food substances compare to other addictive chemicals? Addictive substances are forms of plant life which have been refined or processed in order to be ingested by drinking, eating, inhaling or injecting. The refinement process facilitates quick absorption of substances into the blood stream which effectively alters brain chemistry and changes mood by flooding the brain with the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Food addicts seek this mood change by eating refined and processed carbohydrates.
This results in short-term highs, followed by a long period of depressed feelings. In order to avoid the low, the addict eats more. The food addict eats to feel better and always feels worse due to this flooding and depleting of neurotransmitters (Sheppard, K., 2000).
As with all addictions, treatment and recovery are based upon abstinence from all addictive trigger substances. The need to abstain from addictive substances is common to both alcoholics and food addicts. Treatment of food addiction begins by introducing the concept of abstinence from addictive food substances.
Sherlyn’s comment inserted here:
THE PARAGRAPH BELOW REALLY BLEW me AWAY!!!!!
Rats chose sugar over cocaine!
But could sugar really be as addictive as cocaine? The findings of Serge Ahmed, PhD, University of Bordeaux, France, a scientist who specializes in addiction research, clearly demonstrate that intense sweetness can surpass cocaine reward, even in drug-sensitized and -addicted individuals. His cocaine-addicted laboratory rats consistently chose sugar over cocaine (Lenoir, M., Serre, F., Cantin L. & Ahmed, S.H., 2007).
Studies using laboratory rats demonstrate that the characteristics of sugar addiction are similar to the binging, withdrawal and craving experienced in drug addiction. These findings further indicate that sugar is potentially as addictive because it is a substance that acts on brain circuits such as the dopamine and opioid pathways (Avena, N.M., Rada, P. & Hoebel, B.G., 2008).
The first steps of such treatment are to break the binge cycle, support through withdrawal and introduce the concept of abstinence from refined and processed foods. The next stage is to provide accurate information about the nature of food addiction—a disease that is primary, chronic, progressive and potentially fatal. The client is encouraged to identify how food addiction affected his or her life and as well as the lives of family members. Orientation to recovery support programs, relapse prevention techniques and development of an ongoing support system help to ensure continuing recovery (Sheppard, K., 1993).
We have learned that every healthy choice—whether it is physical, mental or spiritual in nature—is a good recovery choice that heals the addicted brain.
I LOVE THAT LAST LINE “……. EVERY HEALTHY CHOICE------- whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual in nature-----IS A GOOD RECOVERY CHOICE THAT HEALS THE ADDICTED BRAIN.”
Info above taken from:
I will be blogging more about all of this tomorrow.
I will talk a little about binging and also about ‘grazing’ which is what I do more than binging.
Hugs to all of you!
YOU are NOT ALONE!