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Strong Food Addictions

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Food addiction is a powerful draw to certain foods, similar to drug addiction.
Air Date: 5/19/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Vera Tarman, MD
Dr.-Vera-TarmanDr. Vera Tarman, MD, M.Sc, FCFP, ABAM, is the medical director of Renascent, Canada’s largest substance abuse treatment center. She has been speaking  internationally about food addiction at public lectures, scientific conferences and the media for the last five years. She is currently heading their inaugural (pilot) food addiction program. She is the author of Food Junkies: the Truth about Food Addiction.
  • Book Title: Food Junkies: the Truth about Food Addiction
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/VeraTarman
  • Guest Twitter Account: @addunplug
Strong Food Addictions
Food addiction is an overpowering drive to eat certain foods.

Unlike gambling, smoking and drinking addictions, you have to eat to live. This makes it tougher to spot and treat food addiction.

People aren't addicted to carbohydrates because carbs include carrots and apples. The addiction is to processed foods.

Top addictive foods are as follows:
  • chocolate
  • ice cream
  • french fries
  • chips
  • pizza
  • cookies
  • cheeseburgers
  • soda
  • cake
  • buttered popcorn

When you do something quickly and frequently it becomes an addiction. The people who can moderate are the ones who aren't actual addicts. The folks who can't stop are addicts. The key for addicts is to cut out sugars and processed foods. Eating natural foods will help.

Listen in as Dr. Vera Tarman discusses food addiction.


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