Molecular Explanation for Food Addiction
Cigarettes, narcotics, painkillers, mood elevators, tranquilizers, antianxiety, attention deficit drugs and alcohol create their addictions by stimulating an increase in the synthesis of the respective receptor or by prolonging the effect at their binding sites.
Nature created receptors to carry out instructions. The 0’s and 1’s of biology. On or off, bound or unbound. Blocked or unblocked. The yin and yang of the universe.
Once receptors are formed, they locate themselves on the nuclear membrane and await a ligand to bind with. Once bound, this receptor-ligand complex enters the DNA matrix and stimulates more receptor production.
Receptors embedded in membranes will remain in a state of agitation until bound. When brain receptors become bound or stimulated, they produce euphoria. When they are unbound they become agitated and irritable.
Unhealthy foods are less tasty than the natural whole foods they replace. Yet they are craved more because of they stimulate an increase in anandamide receptor synthesis.
There is an alarming increase in teenage abuse of both opioid drugs and the psychostimulants, Adderall and Ritalin to provide that fix. The danger posed by opiates is exceeded only those used to treat attention deficit disorders.
Children who are diagnosed, pretend to suffer from the deficiency diseases of ADD or ADHD. Some just want to stay up late and study, while others use these drugs the in the manner of methamphetamine abusers. They are the future of drug abuse.
Obesity is a disease. It may have been initiated by poor choices and low self-esteem, but once it becomes a metabolic disease, it no longer remains a matter of choice.
In fact, its victims deserve as much compassion and consideration as those addicted to narcotics, alcohol and prescription drugs. Addiction to food is not much different from heroin and other addictions. They all involve an overwhelming need and an obsessive dependence on securing a supply.
The biological effects of fast food cause the release of natural endorphins and blocks the chemical leptin. The pleasurable sensation or loss of anxiety that follows this release makes drugs and food addictive substances and prevent the addict from controlling their appetite. It is theorized that altered fat and the substitution of fructose makes these foods so addictive.
High fructose foods lower leptin and ghrelin levels which leads to overeating. No doubt this opinion will be argued in court by food companies when they are sued.
These foods, combined with the lack of exercise that accompanies a sedentary lifestyle, causes the disease that fuels The American epidemic.
Unhealthy foods are addictive. Their ability to be addictive is based on their molecular structure and how they are recognized by their receptor counterparts. Addictions are not simply flaws in character. They are a chemical dependency based on receptor recruitment.
All addictions utilize the same molecular mechanism.
There is a growing body of evidence that foods served at fast food restaurants, sold in supermarkets and prepared at home, produce addictive-like effects. Lawyers for the owners of these franchises have asked them to post a health warning, hoping to avoid potential legal liability.
Addictive behavior is programmed into American life.
Programmed behavior is the result of a host of factors including a person’s viewing habits, surfing interests and medical history. This compilation of data provides neuromarketers with the information needed to create a unique addiction, specific to the profile that it was created for. The brain, for these engineers has been quantified as one vast spreadsheet.
Addictive behavior coupled to addictive compounds is too powerful a force to resist. That number of chronically medicated people in America and the relapse rate among overeaters, alcoholics, smokers, and drug addicts is a testament to that power.
Foods that produce drug-like effects including withdrawal symptoms need to be regulated as if they were. Scientific proof ought not be the standard needed to minimize their contribution to illness.
Synthetic or altered foods bind improperly to receptors in the body. They aren’t metabolized the same as natural foods. These altered food include modified oils and altered carbohydrates.
Partially unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs.) and high-fructose corn syrup are direct threats to health. Every snack, cake, muffin, chip or stick, every prepackaged, pre-sized and prepared food contains these modified fatty acids. PUFAs remain in use because they increase the shelf life of the products that contains them. Human live is more important than shelf life.
The startling rise in obesity coincides with the substitution of high fructose corn syrup to sweeten soft drinks and the ubiquitous use of canola oil to fatten foods.
High fructose levels cause overeating by lowering the amount of ghrelin and leptin, two natural repressors of hunger.
Canola oil is more prone to trans fat conversion than other oils and fructose rich meals cause overeating because fructose limits the hunger suppressing compounds, leptin and ghrelin. A dietary substitution began early in the 1980’s a point in time that historians will look back to as the initiation point of The American Epidemic. Ground zero of our nutritional plague.
Over a billion people worldwide, including 22 million children under the age of 5, are now considered overweight or obese. In our country alone, over a third of Americans are classified as obese.
Addictive behavior is not simply the result of a lack of will power. Addiction to food needs be viewed as a psychological problem and treated as a chemical imbalance.
Obesity is a disease. It is a disease in which its victims deserve as much compassion and consideration as those addicted to narcotics, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
There is a growing body of evidence that foods served at fast food restaurants produce addictive-like effects. This effect is due to the increased number of hunger receptors created as a consequence of constant or repetitive exposure to food.
Lawyers for the owners of these franchises have asked them to post a health warning to avoid potential legal liability.
The biological effects of fast food causes the release of natural endorphins and blocks the activity of the appetite regulator called leptin. Pleasure and loss of anxiety follows the binding of endorphins. This makes drugs and food addictive. This pleasurable feeling prevents addicts from controlling their urge for drugs or their appetite for food.
It is theorized, that it is the altered fat and the substitution of corn syrup for sugar, that makes these foods so addictive. Altered foods and the lack of movement in sedentary life produces disease.