Addictive Foods And Its Harmful Consequences

Addictive Foods Hard To Resist 

While we should not consume these addictive foods, first we would like to know the reasons why we do still consume them. Everyone  knows that addictive food products consumed in excess, can harm our bodies. Yet, we still find them hard to resist. The need to eat stimulant food is a simple human weakness that has existed for ages. Humans and many animals have always indulged in foods that give a sort of emotional high.

The Sensation Of “High” Feeling

In clinical terms, this means rapid heart beat, a little sweating, dilation or constriction of the pupils of the eye. And also a warm flush on the face, and a sense of greater sensitivity, concentration and perception.These sensations of ‘high’ wears out within a few hours, and then we are left feeling listless and low. This leads to a craving for that food again, to experience the same high sensation.  And there we are going round and round in a vicious cycle.

The Physiology Of Addiction

This is the physiology of addictions to addictive foods.:When you eat  addictive foods, it stimulates the hormone like substances found at the end of your nerves. This hormone, in turn, triggers a flood of similar stimulating substances and you experiences a high. As the substances near the nerves are depleted, you get into the low phase. And this leads you to crave that food again. These changes of nerve stimulation and depletion leads to the pattern of addiction.

Consuming addictive foods is one of the oldest unhealthy food practices. Despite the revolution in the public health consciousness; it shows no signs of disappearing.

Side effects Of  Certain Addictive Foods.

Alcohol Addiction: Erosion of stomach and intestinal lining, liver damage, nutritional deficiency.

Tobacco: Erosion of gum and tongue can lead to cancer of the buccal mucosa.

Betel nut: Leads to the discoloration of teeth, erosion of the lining of the mouth, and cancer of the mouth and upper tract. It also leads to heart problems among people who already have a weak heart.

Ma huang: It has ephedrine and leads to heart problems.

Aerated drinks: High doses of caffeine.

Caffeine and xanthine: Found in tea, coffee. These become harmful only in very high doses; don’t consume more than five cups a day.

Sugar, Carbohydrates: Cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic diseases

Mixed drug reactions: People who consume medications for the heart, hypertension and asthma have to be very careful about the interactions of the drugs with stimulant foods. As mixing the two can be fatal. After years of experience, all doctors know how difficult it is to break the food addictions of their patients. So like them, we can only recommend a good compromise. If you can’t break the addiction, then at least you should practice moderation.

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