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Which foods may be addictive? The roles of processing, fat content, and glycemic load.

Frequent consumption of processed foods with high glycemic and fat content may increase the likelihood of developing addictive-like eating behaviors.

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Can a Plant-Based Diet be Used to Detox?

Can a Plant-Based Diet be Used to Detox?

The New Year brings with it an opportunity to think about ways in which to improve our lives. Eating healthier and losing those unwanted pounds is the most common New Year's resolution. In an attempt to start fresh, and "cleanse" the body, many turn to different methods of "detoxing." Each method promises successful weight loss...

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Losing Weight With Chef AJ is Fun and Delicious!

Losing Weight With Chef AJ is Fun and Delicious!

Have you tried counting calories and carbs to lose weight...but have failed...only to gain back the weight you lost...plus more? Because calorie-restricted diets still allow high-fat, calorie-dense and highly-palatable meals containing animal products, processed foods, sugar, salt, and oils...the root of the problem (food addictions) is not resolved. Any weight that is lost is only...

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Sugary Drinks Linked to 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Sugary Drinks Linked to 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

It is no news to any of us that sugary drinks are bad for our health. But how bad can they be? For some people the answer is "deadly." In fact studies indicate that one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by sugary beverages. A study reported in the journal Circulation in 2015 broke down...

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Sugar - How Sweet it is!

Sugar - How Sweet it is!

We've all heard that white sugar is a refined product that's devoid of any nutrients, and how high-fructose corn syrup has led to an epidemic of obesity and poor health. So it's natural that we look for alternative sweeteners. Although honey, evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, fructose, molasses, maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, and fruit...

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What do 500 Calories Look Like in the Stomach?

What do 500 Calories Look Like in the Stomach?

The 7 glass beakers represent what the stomach looks like when it's filled with 500 calories. The beakers contain butter or oil, meat, cheese, rice, corn, potatoes and candy. One way in which we satisfy the hunger drive is to fill the stomach completely. This triggers the stretch receptors in the stomach. As the stomach becomes...

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Antioxidants in Coffee vs. Vegetables

Antioxidants in Coffee vs. Vegetables

Over the years, many of my patients have been addicts. Of course, they don't think of themselves that way. The word "addict" is pretty loaded and usually suggests something illegal. But coffee addiction is perfectly legal, and in fact, many people think that their morning cup of joe is actually a health food! I can...

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Why do we Crave High Glycemic Foods?

Why do we Crave High Glycemic Foods?

When I do a lecture series, the last of my sessions is titled "Why We Do What We Do?" That's the fun one because I see hope on people's faces. Through the series, the audience has been listening intently. They've heard the science of eating plants for health, strength, and energy. They've seen the studies...

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How Industries Keep You Coming Back for More

How Industries Keep You Coming Back for More

"Bet you can't eat just one!" Many of you may remember this popular slogan for a potato chip commercial from the 80's. What may surprise you is what measures the food industry takes to insure that you "can't eat just one." In the video clip below, Michael Moss,  Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for the New...

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Fatty Foods Dull our Dopamine Reward System

Fatty Foods Dull our Dopamine Reward System

Like the tobacco industry, today's food manufacturers have discovered how to separate foods and put them back together again with super-saturated concentrations of sugar, fat and salt so that they produce effects similar to that seen in drug addiction. This addictive combination keeps customers coming back for more. These flavors "seduce our taste buds" by...

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Effects of Sugar Similar to Drug Addiction

Effects of Sugar Similar to Drug Addiction

Anyone who consumes the typical American diet will tell you how hard it is for them to cut back on refined sugar products. In the video below Dr. Greger states that diets high in refined sugar products have often been "compared to drug addiction." Recently, PET scans (image technology that measures brain activity) "showed decreased...

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But I Could Never Give up Meat-Dairy!

But I Could Never Give up Meat-Dairy!

After making the transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet, our renewed energy and wellness spurs our desire to share our new lifestyle with our family and friends. Unfortunately, our excitement many times is quickly subdued with blunt responses such as "I could never give up my meat, dairy, and eggs!" A closer examination of their...

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