And you’re telling me that NOW? I know, this kind of news is simply not welcome at certain times. While we’re in the middle of Lent, a lot of people are actually practicing abstinence of one sort or another. No need to talk about food, right?
Sorry, I can’t help but share the results of this recent study that I just read about. According to the article, fatty food and junk food are addictive; and this includes items like coffee, sugar, and meat. More:
Paul Kenny at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla and colleagues also found when junk addictive foods like bacon, sausage, pound cake, and candy bars were removed from their diet, the rats went on a hunger strike – they did not eat anything for two weeks.
Furthermore, the researchers discovered that eating the addictive food literally changed brain chemistry by suppressing the dopamine D2 receptor in the brain’s reward system, leading to compulsive eating.
The study suggests that the tasty junk foods may play a big role in the national obesity epidemic.
Seriously, people. Get a life! We know that we get addicted to food. We know that certain people get addicted more easily. But, we also know that we can’t live without coffee. So what do you expect us to do?
You know what I was thinking? If the researchers keep it up, we just might have organizations for coffee addicts in the next several years. We might even have programs that will help people get off of their coffee addiction. Oh how sad.
Originally posted on March 31, 2010 @ 4:12 am