Food Is Hijacked by Flavorists, Doctor Says
Our food has been hijacked, according to Dr. Daniel Amen, award-winning psychologist and author of “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age.”
Amen said on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” that flavorists are to blame for our intense cravings for some foods. He said, “They know how to put together certain combinations of fat, sugar and salt to actually work on the heroine or morphine centers of your brain and they can be totally addictive if you are not careful.”
To battle these cravings, Amen suggests getting at least seven hours of sleep to avoid making bad food decisions; start the day with a breakfast with protein to help balance your blood sugar through the day; and avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners.
In terms of gender, Amen said that based on a study of 10,000 men and women, women are more likely to go after sweets.