The Secret Behind Over Eating and How to Fight This War - Naturally
Did you know that there are junk food and fast food manufacturers that have food engineers, food designers? These designers test and test until they find the perfect combination of flavors and textures that keep you coming back for more and more of un-healthy food! The NY Times had a good write up on this not too long ago.
They design the "mouth feel" of fatty un-healthy foods and the "bliss point" as they it. Bliss point is when the food engineers tweak texture, flavor, etc, then they get volunteers to taste, smell, and feel the product ensuring only the most appealing products are manufactured.
It`s the perfect amount of salt, sugar and fat|body fat that sends pleasure signals to the brain. All these things contribute to make chips and other fattening, un-healthy food inherently addictive. Few people are immune to this perfected combination engineered to stimulate emotional reward.
If thats not bad enough when these companieswant to reduce costs they often throw high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the mix. What they dont want you to know is that HFCS, unlike sugar, does not trigger the serotonin level, a hormone that tells your brain when you are full.
Additionally some U.S. food manufactures use Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Scientists worldwide recognize MSG as an obesity inducer and is used by food scientists and MSG tricks us into thinking a food tastes better than it really does. MSG works so well that they use it to rapidly increase the weight of lab rats when overweight rats are needed for experiments.
Why would you put down a bag of MSG laden chips if your brain never actually receives that - stop eating, I`m full or I`m satisfied message?
Do you ever get tired of that marketing ploy - It`s not your fault? Well in this case it may be true. They know exactly how to engineer this so called food, (snacks, some restaurant food and fast food) to make you over eat, and over eat all the things that are bad for you at that.
There is a natural appetitesuppressant called Saffron Extract which has been featured on the Dr. Oz show that helps in weight loss by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. This is the same chemical that is raised in your brain when you eat junk food and keeps you addicted to it because it makes you feel good.
Serotonin helps maintain a happy and more satiated feeling and therefore research says it also calms anxiety and helps with depression as well as weight loss. Two of these studies can be found at nrjournal and ncbi.
This is why people eat junk food when they are depressed, it raises that chemical and they feel better, for a bit anyway. Studies show that Saffron Extract actually helps curb that appetite for badfoods and helps stop over eating - naturally.
Aside from weight loss, saffron is used quite often in Eastern culture for other medical purposes including: heartburn, asthma, depression, sleeping problems, Alzheimers, kidney problems, liver and spleen issues, Otitis, pms, impotency, macular degeneration just to name a few..Some of these studies can be found at PubMed.
The study and research results for Saffron Extract, I have found impressive and if there is something natural that works, is good for you and is proven to help people then I`m going to spread the good news!