22 March 2011

Junkie food

There is compelling evidence that foods high in sugar, fat and salt can alter your brain chemistry in the same way as highly addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

A delicious indulgence, or your next desperate hit? Reader's Digest's Bijal Tirivedi investigates.

Settled on the sofa watching TV, I notice that nightly craving. The longer I fight, the worse it gets. After 20 minutes, I can’t concentrate, I feel anxious and fidget. Finally I go to the freezer - to my stash of white stuff - and take a hit.

Some say there is now enough data to warrant government regulation of the fast food industry and public health warnings on products that have harmful levels of sugar and fat.

One campaigning lawyer claims there could even be enough evidence to mount a legal fight against the fast food industry for knowingly peddling food that is harmful to our health, echoing the lawsuits against the tobacco industry in the 1980s and ’90s.


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