Semantics of Food Addiction: How Do We Define It When Food is a Necessity of Life? by Dr. Nicole Avena in the December 2013 issue of CarbSmart Magazine.
Under normal conditions it is clear that drugs and food are very different, however, because the brain reward systems responsible for making drugs of abuse so addictive are the same pleasure systems that are activated by the foods we eat, our brains can have a very hard time differentiating between the pleasure derived from mild doses of some drugs of abuse and some types of food. Dr. Nicole Avena shows us the primary differences between food and drugs of abuse and how these differences contribute to food addiction.
Read the full article in the December 2013 issue of CarbSmart Magazine available in iTunes.
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