Food addictions are not strictly “psychological” problems, but have a hard-wired, organic component. Many of the most commonly consumed foods in Western culture actually contain narcotic properties associated with the presence of psychoactive chemicals that bind to opioid receptors in the nervous system.
Wheat could be driving more than your digestive system crazy. While wheat is well known to wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal health of genetically susceptible folks, such as those with celiac disease, and more recently, irritable bowel syndrome, new research published in the journal Psychiatry Research indicates that sensitivity to one of the components in wheat known as gliadin could be driving some into states of acute mania.
Are grains toxic for everyone? Is gluten-free enough to protect your health?
In the first study of its kind researchers have linked trans fatty acid consumption to increased aggression in humans. Published in the Public Library of Science’s own journal, PLoS, March 5th 2012, researchers at the Dept. of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, reported: "This study provides the first evidence linking dTFA [dietary trans fatty acids] with behavioral irritability and aggression."
Could fructose be as addictive as alcohol, a socially sanctioned drug that millions are addicted to around the world?
Apples of course have a reputation for keeping the doctor away and now science finds that both apples and pears may keep strokes away. In the first study of the color of produce, Dutch researchers found that the white flesh of fruits and vegetables may protect against stroke. Other colors, not so much.
Not many people realize they have two brains. Yes, you read that right. And your second brain may have more to do with your health that you ever imagined.
Accumulating science reveals we should worry about the impact of trans-fats on the brain of unborn children and the next generation in general.
As it turns out, flavonoids seem to work mechanistically similar to anti-anxiety drugs: they are able to pass the blood-brain barrier, but without the side effects of medications.