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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Can You be Addicted to Carbs?

The answer to that question is an absolute YES! Although many people would disagree (mostly low-fat dieters), Carbohydrate Addiction really is a problem. Carbohydrate Addiction is defined as : A compelling hunger, craving, or desire for carbohydrate-rich foods; an escalating, recurring need or drive for starches, snack foods, junk food, or sweets. For some people, they feel addicted to all of the aforementioned foods. For others, they have a "focused carbohydrate addiction." I am the latter. I can often pass on pasta, bread, chips, and other things, but when I am faced with chocolate of almost any kind, I struggle to pass it up.

Carbohydrate-rich foods include, but are not limited to, breads and bagels, cakes, most cereals, chocolate, cookies, most crackers, many fruits, ice cream, chips, pasta and potatoes, rice, pie, and any beverage that has been sweetened with sugar.

By eating any of the previously mentioned items, you can ensure that you will not satisfy a craving, and eventually, you will end up craving more of the same types of food. Carbohydrates are in fact addictive, and the cycle will continue as you eat them. By avoiding them in the first place, you better your chances of avoiding them altogether.

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