2 Food Ingredients More Addictive Than Drugs
The Truth about MSG
I use to wonder why I could not control my cravings whenever I ate commercial fast food. The more I ate, the more I wanted to eat. I did not know what the cause could be until I read a report about food additives. Additives such as msg and sugar. I began to wonder. Was it really MSG and Sugar? Could it be that simple?
For a very long time, I thought I just had no self-control. I was helpless aganist the power of food. Dieting became my friend but, it was very depressing whenever a diet would fail. Once my cravings returned, I turned quickly back to fast food for comfort. It was not until just a few years ago that I realized I wasn’t crazy. The food I couldn’t get enough of was actually very addictive.
Reporting the facts
The report was correct. Food additives have a similar affect as crack on the brain. I know it may seem crazy to hear someone say that the french fries they’re consuming was as addictive as crack, but in fact it truly is additive. The food I thought was so delicious, that I could not get enough of, had two very addictive ingredients within it.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) a flavor enhancer created by Kikunae Ikeda of Japan and processed refined sugar. Two substances derived originally from natural sources that have been described as being just as addictive and dangerous as crack cocaine.
In the below video Dr. Vincent Bellonzi describes exactly why we have uncontrollable cravings and the truth about MSG. Get more of the real story here with a great book called, “In Bad Taste MSG Syndrome.” It’s loaded with the side affects of MSG.
MSG is considered an excitotoxin which gives you a burst of excitement just before killing off brain cells. This is the main reason why people get so happy when eating certain foods. It’s not just in our minds. The problem is that the same chemical that excites our senses is also causing massive weight gain and other health problems.
What complicates the situation, even more, is how many products actually have MSG in one form or another. Often it’s hidden behind many different names I call aliases.
Yeast Food, and
A good tip to follow when shopping is to stick to the outer isles where the whole fresh food lives. The center isles is the home of the commercially package highly processed foods, so steer clear. Also, if you do decide to buy a packaged foods make sure to thoroughly read all labels. But if possible, just try to avoid all processed packaged foods. The less you comsume the better your health will become or remain.
I’ve added a great documentary about sugar called, “The truth about Sugar.” Its a real eye opener.
It is very difficult to stay clear of sugar but if possible try to reduce if not eliminate it as much as possible. I admit I give myself certain days to indulge in sugary treats. However, I do not eat sugar every day like I use to in the past.
Sugar can cause a whole host of health issues. Many people believe that sugar is only a problem for diabetic patients. That is far from the truth. Sugar affects major organs such as our heart and kidneys. Studies have proven a direct correlation to sugar and heart disease. Just knowing that, made me switch from refined white sugar to a more natural source.
My favorite sweeteners are stevia and agave. I use a light agave in place of honey in most recipes. Agave is a low-glycemic sweetener that is even safe for diabetics. Stevia is naturally derived from the stevia plant and has no effect on your insulin levels. It does have a slight aftertaste. But my absolute favorite for baking is sugar in the raw. It is minimally processed and closer to its natural state.
The important thing is to avoid msg by avoiding processed junk food and reduce or eliminate white refined sugars as much as possible. My rule of thumb is to allow myself a sweets day. One day of the week where I can have whatever treat I’m craving.
The rest of the time, I focus on keeping my sugar intake to no more than 2-3 teaspoons a day. You should make your own rules. Ones that suit your needs, but keep it simple. If it’s complicated, you’ll be less likely to follow it. If you need help with reducing sugar I suggest this book. It really helps to have a guide because sugar can be a beast to release.