Dr. Oz: Are You A Food Addict | Dr. Oz’s Food Addiction Quiz

Dr. Oz: Are You Addicted To Food

Dr. Oz Addicted To Food; Is Food Addiction A Real Disease? Is There Something In Our Food To Blame? Is The Food Industry To Blame For America’s Obesity Epidemic? Brain Hijackers: The 4 Most Addictive Foods; Is food addiction real? Learn what happens inside your brain when you eat certain foods. Dr. Oz believes certain foods can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol for some people. A lot of it has to do with your genes and how those foods affect them. Just saying no to addictive foods is not enough and belittles the very real struggle those folks with the food addictions they face.

Joining Dr. Oz today are Neal D. Barnard, MD who believes food is addictive, and has enough chemical power to get you hooked and Keri Gans spokesperson for The American Dietetic Association who believes food addiction is not real and studies are not conclusive. Dr. Oz believes that certain foods can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol for some people. If you¹re concerned that your relationship with food may be interfering with your life, don’t be afraid to seek out help. The first step is examining the power that food has over you. Take this quiz to determine if food may cause problems for you.

Dr. Oz gave his thoughts on whether you have a food addiction or not and shares the steps you need to take to develop a healthier relationship with food.

Dr. Oz Truth About Food Addiction

Plus Dr. Oz’s Food Addiction Quiz: Why you could be a food addict. You should interpret your score in light of two other factors. One is whether you have trouble controlling your weight and the other is whether you tend to be an impulsive eater.

Dr. Oz says the same substance that nourishes our bodies every day can morph into the object of a destructive obsession. Food addiction is a real condition that leaves those affected by it feeling physically and emotionally out of control. Studies have shown that there is evidence for sugar addiction and junk food: The harder addiction to quit. Salt, sugary and fatty foods trigger the same pleasure receptors in your brain so you keep going back for more. Not all believe there is a connection between food and a junkies fix and don’t blame neurochemistry for over eating it’s a simple lack of willpower.

Dr. Oz’s Food Addiction Quiz

  • I spend a lot of time thinking about food even when I/m not hungry
  • I get more pleasure from food than anything else
  • When I eat certain foods I end up eating more than I planned
  • I hide food in my home car or workplace
  • My relationship with food interferes with my life

Dr. Oz said if you believe you got a food addiction and want to make better choices in your life…know your body’s cues and when you truly need to eat, wean yourself slowly off addictive foods, know your trigger times, know your trigger emotions. If you think you need professional help don’t be afraid or ashamed and seek help.

Dr. Oz asks everyone today ‘Do you think addiction to food is more important than lack of willpower in obesity? Can you really be addicted to food? The raising of hands was 50/50 which makes for the debate today between Dr. Neal Barnard & Keri Gans.

Dr. Oz Can You Be Addicted To Food

Dr. Oz did an online poll: Can You Be Addicted To Food:

1. Do You Think You May Be Addicted To Food? 63% said yes, 18% said no and 19% said maybe.
2. Do You Think People Use The Term “FOOD ADDICT” As An Excuse To Overeat? – 48% said yes, 52% said no.
3. Do You Think Food Addiction Is Just As Bad As Alcohol Or Drug Addiction? 77% said yes, 23% said no.

Dr. Oz says we are getting fatter every year, is there something in our food thats to blame? Some people say the food industry is purposely creating foods that keeps us coming back for more. More and more experts now believe that companies making some of your favourite are engineering their products to entice you to eat more and the stagey is working. For many people the combination of sugar, salt and high fat is irresistible. In the last 30 years as the number of processed foods has skyrocketed, obesity rates have exploded. Is the food industry secretly manipulating your food to keep you eating more and more?

Dr. Barnard said “by adding artificial flavouring to foods gives you a real bunch, but it decays right away so you want to have more and more. Let’s look at the proof, it’s not as if suddenly, about two decades ago everybody had a bad childhood, what happened is the food industry gave new technologies to make us more addictive and then the country became obese at the same time.

Dr. Oz The 4 Most Addictive Foods

So, which foods affect the brain and are potentially addicting? Science suggests that there are four:

  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Meat
  • Cheese

Neal D. Barnard, MD: Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine
President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC
Author of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Neal D. Barnard: The next question is, does it matter? I would argue that, if you’re having just the occasional taste of sugar or chocolate, it does not matter. But if your waistline is expanding before your very eyes or you’ve developed health problems, it’s time to take it seriously.

When sugar hits your tongue, it triggers the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain in the same way that intense exercise triggers the “runner’s high.” Like weak versions of heroin or morphine, these natural opiates can get you hooked on whatever food triggered them. That’s exactly what sugar does. As sugar touches your taste buds, it sends nerve impulses to the brain, triggers the release of opiates, and makes you want to come back for more. And more powerful than pure sugar is the combination of sugar and fat. Think of the mixture of sugar and butter or shortening in a cookie, cake or pie. They tend to call to us much more than sugar itself.
Chocolate is similar, as University of Michigan researchers proved, using the medication naloxone. Normally, this drug is used to treat heroin overdose, because it stops heroin from attaching to receptors on brain cells. The research team gave naloxone, not to heroin addicts, but to chocolate lovers – people who really tended to binge on chocolate. After infusing the drug intravenously, the researchers offered a tray of chocolate candies. It turned out that chocolate had lost much of its appeal, showing that the lure of chocolate is not all taste and mouth-feel. Rather, chocolate hijacks your brain chemistry, triggering the same receptors that heroin affects, and when researchers block that brain effect with naloxone, much of chocolate’s attraction is gone.

Dr. Barnard says we can now clearly say that both sugar and chocolate have powerful effects on brain chemistry. But apples, bananas, oranges and a cool summer salad – tasty though they may be – do not. Let’s face it, no one ever went to a convenience store at nine at night to buy an apple. We go there for junk food.   
Could meat be similar? When you hear a man say, “I’d rather die than give up my grill,” it starts to sound like he’s hooked. And, indeed, British researchers found that opiate-blocking drugs reduce the desire for meat, just as they do for chocolate, showing that the desire for meat comes at least in part, from its effect on the brain.
Dr. Barnard says cheese is a special case. Cheese is about 70 percent fat, loaded with cholesterol and sodium, and smells like old socks. But many people are absolutely hooked on it, calories and all.
Dr. Barnard says here’s why: the main protein in milk and cheese is called casein. As you digest casein, it breaks apart to release opiates, called casomorphins – that is, casein-derived morphine-like chemicals. Shortly after you swallow a bite of cheese pizza, these chemicals enter your bloodstream and pass to your brain and attach to your opiate receptors.
Casomorphins’ natural function, presumably, is to provide a bit of feel-good sensation to a nursing calf. And because a calf is weaned very soon, the fat, cholesterol and sodium in milk products are not a problem. But humans who get hooked on these same compounds can easily run into trouble as the years go by.  

If you’re in that situation, you will very likely find it easier to avoid teasing yourself with even small amounts of an addicting food. Just as smokers find it is easier to quit, rather than to try to moderate tobacco use, the same seems to be true of food.
When you’re trying to break any habit, it pays to get plenty of rest, exercise regularly so you feel your best, and ask your friends or family to not tempt you with whatever you’re trying to break away from. Many, many people have set aside unhealthful foods, and they end up feeling so much better as a result.

Dr. Oz Food Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN. Gans is a registered dietitian, spokesperson for The American Dietetic Association, and author of The Small Change Diet. Gans has a private practice in New York City where she specializes in weight management.

Keri Gans: says no you cannot be addicted to food, but you can have behavioral and emotional reasons that cause you to overeat. Our body needs food for survival, which is definitely not the case for drugs and alcohol. I think claiming you are addicted in some instances is taking the easy way out, basically saying that it is beyond your control. Are there really certain foods that a person really cannot stop eating from the moment they are born? Or for some reason did this develop over time? What came first the chicken or the egg?

Gan’s technique that she likes to use with her patients that is very appropriate here is “HALT”: Ask yourself, am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? Determining what is really going on in your mind will help you to determine if food is really what you want. Learning new skills on how to deal with these emotions without using food can be really rewarding. People skip meals, engage in little physical activity, and do not get enough sleep. The longer we work together, incorporating small changes weekly to improve their behaviors, the less they complain of food addiction.

whether we can all agree on food addiction being fact or fiction, in the end, it is not the main issue. What is important is that we can agree that obesity and overeating are a problem in our country and that we all should do our part in eating better and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Dr. Keri Gan’s advice: Don’t buy that food to begin with – you can’t overeat something that is not in front of you.