From Frugivore – Another day, another story detailing the serious health risks of processed foods. 2011 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year that processed food became public health enemy number one. But with a struggling economy, stagnant wages becoming no wages, and food and beverage lobbyist attaining more power, Twinkie’s and Hawaiian Punch will stay in many American’s cupboards for the foreseeable future.

According to a recently released data, processed foods aren’t just bad for your abs and legs, but their addictive properties cause your brain to fall to pieces, much like a drug addict. Lab studies have found sugary drinks and fatty foods can produce addictive behavior in animals. Brain scans of obese people and compulsive eaters, meanwhile, reveal disturbances in brain reward circuits similar to those experienced by drug abusers.

“The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”

But let’s not go overboard. As with cigarette regulations in the 1990’s, antagonists will use and manipulate data for their causes, exaggerating the claims without providing context. For example, in order to increase profits, cigarette companies began lacing their products with highly addictive chemicals that had perverse effects on habitual consumers, which led to devastating health consequences. We are seeing the same behavior in food and beverage companies presently.

We also have to respect the consumers right to choose, whether it’s healthy or not. If we don’t, we’ll start legislating morality, which ultimately means a few people will make decisions for the majority. Hence we’ll have another endless, counterproductive war with same pretext as the wars on drugs, terrorism, and anything else that offends our sensibilities.  It would be sad day in America if police start profiling, harassing, and arresting people because of their size.

(Read the rest at Frugivore)

  • The Comment

    I knew this when I tried to stop drinking those damn McDonald’s Carmel Frappes. I was dreaming about them. Like really……took me 3 weeks and a whole lot of juicing to rid my taste for it. And once you stop eating junk food, you notice that it is everywhere. At least with drugs you have to call somebody and meet them. Junk food is everwhere. Gas stations, bus stops, corner stores…you can not escape it. What keeps me from going back is knowing the FDA has probably not visited a junk food site in 20 years. So why risk my health for some corporations profit.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables…….

  • LemonNLime

    I’m right there with you and Ive already seen positive results

  • Alexandra

    Yup. It takes a lot of self control to avoid fast food. It took me months to stop eating junk. Now, sometimes I I felt disgusted passing by a McD’s (of all places) and seeing everyone munching on the food.

  • Alexandra

    I was addicted to vanilla coke when it was popular. I drunk it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel so sick thinking about how much sugar I was consuming.

  • overseashoneybee

    Very true … trying to kick my sugar habit now. Super hard.

  • African Mami

    @j-philly,

    and a HEALTHY dose of goat meat!!!! Yum yum yum!

  • Msbettyjn

    Hello, My name is Betty Jean and I’m addicted to Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. I find myself eating a pint everyday(Literally). It’s been one week since I stopped eating it. Hopefully, by next year I can eat in moderation becuase we all know you can never fully let go… BTW Great article! Never looked at it that.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    In other news, water is wet…

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