Thursday, January 8, 2009

Processed Carbs Highly Addictive - Study

A New Zealand researcher at Auckland Regional Public Health Service has found that "heavily processed" carbohydrates -- such as white bread, white pasta and anything with sugar in it -- are physically addictive like cigarettes and cocaine. These foods produce a "rush of sugar" in the body, which "stimulates the same areas of the brain that are involved with addiction to nicotine and other drugs."

The New Zealand research parallels a study (reported on this blog in December) that found sugar as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

His findings were published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

The Spartan Diet has zero processed foods of any kind, including processed carbohydrates, and zero sugar and therefore totally breaks the cycle of addiction and craving common to most people who eat processed foods.