Show Notes EP 524 Dr. Nicole Avena

  • Food/Sugar addiction discussion (3:38)
    • Same changes in brain when eating sugar/doing drugs
    • Criteria for addiction
      • Binging
      • Over Consuming and gaining tolerance
      • Withdrawals
    • Is addiction hereditary?
      • Environment in
    • Food cause higher dopamine effect
      • Sugar
      • Repeated exposure to bad foods
    • Food addiction
      • Down regulation of receptors in the brain
      • Sweet taste receptors become desensitized
        • Go a week without sugars and slowly introduce them back to see how your taste buds react
      • Eating disorders in bodybuilding world
    • What foods contain the most addictive properties?
      • Carbohydrates
      • Level of processing
      • Sweet=safe
      • Bitterness=toxicity
  • What ah-hah moments has she come across through her research/studies? (34:14)
    • Advances in field
  • What push back has she come across? 
    • Food Industry
      • Marketing that sugar isn’t bad for you
      • Connection with smoking
    • Data/Studies show proof
  • Differences between different types of sugars (38:13)
    • Artificial sweeteners
  • What are strategies that can help people 
    • Do your own research
    • Stop looking at processed food as FOOD
  • Introducing children to sugar can cause permanent damage? (46:25)
    • Sugar babies
    • New book – What to feed your babies
    • Advertising/commercials
  • What is she studying moving forward (56:10)
    • Artificial sweeteners
      • Natural misconception
    • Nutrition from developmental lifespan
      • Early exposure to foods

 

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