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Addictive Foods and their Harmful Consequences

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

The majority of us like at least one item that acts as a stimulant and eventually becomes an addiction. These goods include tobacco, betel nuts, betel leaves, strong coffee, strong tea, mahuang (an ephedrine-like substance eaten in China), fizzy aerated drinks, and alcohol. Exercise stimulant drinks are available in cans and resemble cola.

I want to address the issue of why we eat these items in the first place before I explain why we shouldn't.

Nobody is unaware of the serious harm such items can cause to our bodies when they are used in excess. We nonetheless find it difficult to reject them. Humans (and many other species) have always indulged in meals that provide a temporary emotional high, making the impulse to eat stimulant food a simple human weakness that has persisted for eons. Clinically speaking, this translates to a quick heartbeat, a little amount of perspiration, dilated or constrictive pupilli, a warm flush on the cheeks, and an impression of increased sensitivity, attention, and perception.

Within a few hours, these 'high' feelings subside, leaving us with a listless and depressed feeling. This causes a desire for that food to return in order to feel the high once more. And there we are, caught in a never-ending cycle.

The following describes the physiology of addictions:

A high is produced when you consume an addictive food because it stimulates the hormone-like compounds at the end of your nerves, which in turn causes an avalanche of other stimulatory substances to be released. You enter the low phase as the compounds close to your nerves become exhausted, which makes you yearn for that food once more. An addiction pattern results from this yo-yo period of neuronal activation and depletion.

One of the oldest bad food habits is consuming addictive foods, and despite a revolution in health knowledge, it shows no signs of dying out.

Here are a few negative impacts of several addictive foods.

  1. Alcoholism Damage to the liver, nutritional deficiencies, and erosion of the stomach and intestinal lining.

  2. Tobacco Cancer of the buccal mucosa can result from erosion of the tongue and gums.

  3. Betel Nut Causes teeth to become discolored, the mouth's lining to erode, and oral and upper tract cancer. Additionally, it causes heart issues in those who already have weak hearts.

  4. Ma Huang: It causes heart problems and includes ephedrine.

  5. Drinks with Aeration: High levels of caffeine.

Tea and coffee both contain caffeine and xanthine. Don't take more than five cups every day; these only become dangerous in very large concentrations.

Mixed drug reactions: People who use heart, hypertension, or asthma medications need to be extremely cautious about how their medications interact with stimulant meals because doing so can be fatal. All doctors are aware of how challenging it is to help their patients overcome their food addictions after years of practice. I can only suggest a good compromise, just like them. If you can't overcome the addiction, at least try to be moderate.


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