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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 17, 2013 8:18 PM

Learn how food scientists and manufacturers have created food addictions by design and read tips to counter the cravings including the "outer ring strategy" and "5 ingredient rule".


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:48 PM

Read how the food companies trick you into craving junk food by making certain foods more addictive and tasty than others.

 

Steven Witherly, a food scientist has spent the last 20 years studying the why of addictive junk food. Read the entire article to get links to his excellent report, "Why Humans Like Junk Food".

 

Witherly says there are 2 factors that make eating pleasurable: one is the sensation of eating the food. This includes tastes, smell, and mouthfeel - which is very important. Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the food your brain craves.

 

The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food - blend of proteins, carbs, and fats it contains. And in the case of junk food, the manufacturers are looking for the perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain, and gets you coming back for more.

 

So what can you do about this craving because as you probably know by now, junk food is unhealthy and causes a myriad of chronic diseases, weight gain, obesity, and even death in certain individuals. 

 

As you begin eating less and less processed foods, you begin to go through a transition period known as "gene reprogramming".

 

Best strategy is to avoid buying these products. If you can't do that then try to reduce the amount you buy/eat by using his strategies.

 

"Outer ring" and "5 ingredient rule". 

Shop on the outer ring of the grocery store where the produce section is located and the eggs, meats, fish etc. Remember you're really wanting real whole food, food that you're body recognizes, and food that serves your body.

 

.If the product has more than 5 ingredients, then put it back on the shelf. It most likely is trying to trick you into buying.

 

Eat a variety of foods and eat Rainbow Foods. These are the foods that contain the antioxidants, the phytonutrients, the minerals, and vitamins that your body craves.

 

Instead of eating a chip with a dip of unknown ingredients. try eating carrots, celery, red, orange peppers with hummus or nut butters. You'll still get the crunch and your body will thank you by keeping you healthy. Just remember to chew slowly and you'll get a great mouthfeel. Plus your digestive system will be happy.

 

And there are better alternatives to handling stress than eating junk foods which really do not comfort you in the long run. Listen to music you like, get up and dance with your special ones, breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable sound, try yoga, meditation, take a nature walk, sing in the shower, laugh for no reason - a great stress reducer, help someone else and you'll forget your problems.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food tips and wisdom @www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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A Surprising Natural Food Allergy Remedy - Activated Charcoal

A Surprising Natural Food Allergy Remedy - Activated Charcoal | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Activated Charcoal? It's a Natural Food Allergy Remedy. Here's Why It Works and How to Use It
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Activated charcoal is a good natural remedy for food sensitivities. If you accidentally eat gluten and you're gluten sensitive, for example, activated charcoal can help lessen the duration of your reactive symptoms. (It should not be relied on for those with anaphylactic allergies , however.)

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Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes, Claim Scientists

Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes, Claim Scientists | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Controversial research suggests artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar levels by promoting growth of certain gut bacteria
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The "sugar-free" label may not mean the food or drink is safe for diabetics. 

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9 Foods That Aren't Food

9 Foods That Aren't Food | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
By Mandy Oaklander for Prevention.com

"Everything in moderation" is usually pretty sound advice, but let's face it: Some things you should just not put in your mouth. From artificial flavors and colors to words you'd need an advanced deg...
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Are any of these "foods" in your kitchen? 

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Reason Behind Increasing Food Allergies Discovered

Reason Behind Increasing Food Allergies Discovered | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
A new study may have solved the food allergy riddle, while calling into question our antibiotic usage. Yes, the two are tied together.
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Could antibiotics be the cause of the sudden rise in food allergies? 

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Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat? - Dr. Mark Hyman

Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat? - Dr. Mark Hyman | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM may be making you fat. It’s hard to believe—but very true. I want to explain the bugs in your digestive tract, why they upset your gut’s immune system, and how they just might be behind those extra pounds. I have observed this phenomenon in hundreds of patients. Recently, remarkable new research has …
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Food allergies lead to chronic inflammation, which can make losing weight a challenge. 

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You Can Train Yourself to Eat Healthy Food

You Can Train Yourself to Eat Healthy Food | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, researchers have claimed. - New Zealand Herald

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The addictive power of unhealthy food is easier to reverse than previously believed. 

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5 Great “Fighters” Against Fats

5 Great “Fighters” Against Fats | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
In order to satisfy the desire of many who are in search of super foods, we discover the power of the five great fighters against fats.
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Lose weight the safe and healthy way with these 5 tasty foods. 

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Chemicals in Your Food - What You Don't Know Will Harm You | Fooducate

Chemicals in Your Food - What You Don't Know Will Harm You | Fooducate | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
The FDA has been petitioned by consumer advocacy groups many times over the years, but it seems that it doesn't have the will or the power to protect us.

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Minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals in food by making whole food the bulk of your diet.  

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Is Your Diet Making You Mad?

Is Your Diet Making You Mad? | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Dieting can cause mood swings and other mood changes. Here's how to diet and lose weight without getting angry.
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Are you swapping pounds for mood swings? 

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10 Foods That Belong in Every Healthy Fridge

10 Foods That Belong in Every Healthy Fridge | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
We just created your forever grocery list.

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A list of healthy staples for your kitchen. 

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5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention

5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet. Here are 5 foods to eat for cancer prevention.

1. Foods Rich in Lycopene

A recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute specifically looked at the effects of lycopene on angiogenesis in prostate cancer. They found remarkable results, determining “lycopene was associated with reduced risk of lethal prostate cancer and with a lesser degree of angiogenesis in the tumor.”

So, what foods give you the most lycopene? Tomatoes are a great source and are widely available. Other good sources of lycopene include: watermelon, guava, papaya, red bell peppers, asparagus, mango, and red cabbage.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most powerful, researched anti-cancer foods out there. Its active component curcumin has been found to reduce certain types of tumors by 81%! Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin is the component harnessing the ability to actually block cancer growth. Not surprisingly, the cancer-fighting ability that turmeric possesses makes up only a single facet of the many benefits of turmeric.

3. Garlic4. Ginger5. Cruciferous Vegetables


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These healing foods have been shown to have strong cancer-preventing properties. 

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 19, 2014 1:21 AM

Eating more of these powerful foods could reduce your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. Luckily, many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are both easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet.

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Vitamin B12: Deficiency & Supplements - LiveScience.com

Vitamin B12: Deficiency & Supplements - LiveScience.com | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Vitamin B12: Deficiency & Supplements
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Vitamin B12 is crucial to the human body, which needs it to produce new DNA, red blood cells, proteins, hormones and lipids (fats). Vitamin B12 is also key to the health of nerves.

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If you suspect you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, get tested before self-treating with a supplement.

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Are Smoothies Bad for You? - Ask Dr. Maxwell ...

Are Smoothies Bad for You? - Ask Dr. Maxwell ... | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
They may be one the latest popular health drinks but are smoothies bad for you? That depends on the type you're drinking. Could yours cause diabetes?
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Not all smoothies are created equal. 

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Why Eating Quick, Cheap Food is Actually More Expensive - Dr. Mark Hyman

Why Eating Quick, Cheap Food is Actually More Expensive - Dr. Mark Hyman | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
I WAS IN THE GROCERY STORE YESTERDAY. While I was squeezing avocados to pick just the right ones for my family’s dinner salad, I overheard a conversation from a couple who had also picked up a fruit.

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A comprehensive and insightful article that outlines the real cost of a cheap, low-quality diet. 

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I always enjoy Dr Hyman's perspective on health and eating. 

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Organic Fruits and Vegetables Are Better for Your Health - Ask Dr. Maxwell

Organic Fruits and Vegetables Are Better for Your Health - Ask Dr. Maxwell | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Organic food is expensive. Is it really better for your health? Yes. Studies have shown organic produce contains fewer pesticides and more antioxidants.
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Organic food is a bit more expensive but the cost of not eating it may be higher. 

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The Truth About Food Expiration Dates - Organic Authority

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates - Organic Authority | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Food waste is a big problem in the U.S. especially considering how many people go hungry. Knowing food expiration dates can help prevent food waste.
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Are you throwing away food when you really don't need to? 

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The Most Harmful Type of Fish to Eat - Ask Dr. Maxwell

The Most Harmful Type of Fish to Eat - Ask Dr. Maxwell | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Are you eating wild-caught fish or farm fish? If it's the latter, you could be endangering your health. Toxins in farmed fish have been linked to cancer.
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Is this dangerous fish lurking in your freezer? 

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Do You Need Dietary Supplements? Yes and No.

Do You Need Dietary Supplements? Yes and No. | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Do you need dietary supplements? There's a lot of conflicting information out there about the use of nutritional supplements and whether or not they're benefici
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Dietary supplements can be quite beneficial to your health. Just be sure you are taking the correct ones in the right amounts. 

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What to Do If You Need to Take Antibiotics

What to Do If You Need to Take Antibiotics | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
I wrote this a while back when I had more time, thinking it might come in handy during the book tour. I was right! A few years ago, I wrote an article about the often devastating effects that antib...
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The right foods and supplements to get your gut health back on track after a round of antibiotics. 

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20 Healthiest Foods on Earth

20 Healthiest Foods on Earth | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Here are 20 foods that offer the most benefits pound for pound than any other foods on the planet. They not only show up on our massive list of Superfoods they also make it onto plenty of top tens across the Internet, and several have long been known to provide plenty of nutrients and good...

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A comprehensive list of 20 healthy foods, including a breakdown of nutritional content. 

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, September 2, 2014 9:36 AM

Which is your favourite?

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11 Sources of Gluten Cross Contamination

11 Sources of Gluten Cross Contamination | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Gluten cross contamination can be one of the most difficult parts to manage in the gluten-free diet. We look at the red flags to watch for.

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If you're on a gluten-free diet, watch out for these hidden sources of gluten cross contamination!

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Is Fast Food Making Us Depressed?

Is Fast Food Making Us Depressed? | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Do burgers, sugary snacks and other unhealthy foods exacerbate the effects of mental illness? David Robson investigates the evidence.

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Evidence suggests that diet plays a critical role in mental health. 

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Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

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I think this is a neat idea!

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Potential Allergen in Gluten-Free Foods, Warns FDA - Monthly Prescribing Reference

Potential Allergen in Gluten-Free Foods, Warns FDA - Monthly Prescribing Reference | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
Potential Allergen in Gluten-Free Foods, Warns FDA Monthly Prescribing Reference The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert regarding an ingredient commonly found in gluten-free products that may cause anaphylaxis in patients with a...

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If you're allergic to legumes and on a gluten-free diet, read this article. 

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10 Foods And Additives That Make You Hungry - Ask Dr. Maxwell ...

10 Foods And Additives That Make You Hungry - Ask Dr. Maxwell ... | Nutrition Dos and Don'ts | Scoop.it
The goal of sitting down to a meal is feeling full afterward, right? Well, that's part of it. Your body also needs nourishment. Are these foods fooling you?
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Are the foods you're eating just making you hungrier? 

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