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Legally, Food is Addictive 2004-11-30

Posted by clype in Health, Money, Science.
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An US American physician has claimed that cheese can be as addictive as ‘morphine’.

Dr.Neal Barnard, president of the ‘Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine’, says cheese is addictive because it contains small amounts of ‘morphine’ from cows’ liver…

In his book — ‘Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings and Seven Steps to End them Naturally’ — he explains why people are hooked on products like cheese, meat, sugar and chocolate. He says:

‘There’s a biochemical reason many of us feel we can’t live without our daily fix.

‘Cheese, for example, contains high levels of ‘casein’, a protein that breaks apart during digestion to produce ‘morphine-like’ ‘opiate compounds’, called ‘casomorphins’.

‘These ‘opiates’ are believed to be responsible for the mother-infant bond that occurs during nursing. It’s no surprise many of us feel bonded to the refrigerator’.

Dr.Barnard says his research could help overweight people currently suing fast food restaurants, by proving the food is addictive like ‘tobacco’.

He has developed a three-week diet and lifestyle program to help people kick their ‘addiction’ by changing their eating habits, exercising and sleeping well.

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