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Is there such a thing as carbohydrate addiction?

Question:
There are a couple of new books on this topic, so it will be in the news.

Shortly after reading a review of two of the books, I went home to find a promotional box from Kashi on my front porch. All of a sudden I felt like an ex-smoker who unexpectedly found a pack of Marlboros in his mailbox, or a reformed alcohol who opened his refrigerator to unexpectedly find a bottle of vodka.

I knew I should throw the thing away, but I didn't.

I opened it, found a chocolate chip cookie, and looked at the garbage can, but did not toss it.

I went out for a walk, and thoughts of the cookie kept intruding.

I knew I would at least taste it.

As soon as I got home, I did.

Happily, it tasted awful, and I was able to happily toss it.

But since then, I have a heightened awareness of bakery goods. I find myself thinking just a little about cookies.

I wonder.

Are carbohydrates addictive? It certainly feels that way.

Well, it wouldn't be all carbohydrates. I don't think many people binge on broccoli, or even on peaches, as a rule. (Maybe cherries, though.)

But it is awfully easy to go through a box of cookies, a sleve of saltines, or a giant bowl of pasta.

What do you think? Are carbohydrates addictive?
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i believe they are very addictive, i too think about the pastries,cakes,pies and all the goodies in my local bakery, so far i have been able to just walk right on by but it hurts, i swear i can smell the unbaked cake mix thru the boxes when i walk down the cake isle!! i believe that i am addicted to carbs and sugar. blessings to you and yours
squeek
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The desire for sweet is very strong.

If you think about it, our ancestors had very limited access to sweet foods- the harvest season for fruits is usually very short- so they had to be highly attracted to it. Even if they craved it at other times, it was not usually available.

Today- sweet is available everywhere, but we haven't ratcheted down our desire because this availability is only very recent- since the 1950's-really.

For me, the key to becoming less of a 'carbivore' is to immediately enjoy a small amount of delicious carb when the craving is strong. I'm talking 2-3 bites- until I can only taste sweet- not the flavor of the food. Those Kashi cookies would not tempt me anymore- I wouldn't consider them carbworthy, but I would enjoy a sample of a delicious chocolate ganache cake at Whole Foods, or a couple of spoonsful of ice ceam from our local confectionary. Not enough to raise my sugar by much, but enough to let my brain know it was there. I make it a point to eat fruit in the morning- every morning. I find this makes me less likely to crave sweet things later on.
sandy
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I do the same thing for the craving if it pops up.
I keep a small container of ice cream that I can sample a teaspoon of or a small piece of whatever I hve cooked up for my hubby to take in his lunch.
He just brought home a new york cheese cake, the evil man!
I limit myself to a very small sliver of it when I am in a carb craving mood.

Lets just say that I enjoy sampling goodies only in tiny portions that do not boost the BS.
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Actually I have felt this for years. Just think how easy they make to get the fix you might want. Its refined carbs not the complex that I think are so addictive.
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I think that craving sweets and or carbs is a self taught thing. I grew up with dessert with every meal. My husband grew up with starch's, lots of bread, pastas, etc. I don't know how a person that has never ever eaten sweets or carbs would react if they have never had any and then be introduced to them.

What really amazes me is bakerys. In this day and age of so much diabetes and people having to limit or watch their fats and cholesterol, who eats all the bakery stuff? Some one has to be eating that stuff or they wouldn't be in business.
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Here's the URL of an artical that I ran into- it talks about recent Finnish research that shows preference for carbs ( sweet) is an inherited trait- located on one of our genes-

That would make it less of an addiction and more of a biochemcial requirement.

sandy


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Ugh!!! I'm still just dealing with the "D" itself! Carbs? I do really well and then I eat something that one of my little ones wants to "share" sigh.. then, I'm off on a binge to fill the need for sweet and chewy. It follows me everywhere and so depresses me.
blognformypeace
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I am a person with diabetes who is a carb junkie. I am definately addicted to carbs. The main carb I am addicted to is bread. Not, cake, not pie, well okay dark chocolate is an addiction as well. I can not live without good artisan bread. I try to find whole grain whenever possible. I also try to limit the amount of bread I eat. I will not go without it!

cindy
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I am definitely a junkie. So much so that analyzing what my highest prioriy changes needed to be was easy. When I was first diagnosed (T2) a year ago, I realized I loved guzzling sweet sodas and sweet tea (yes, sugar sweetened iced tea, the elixer of life here in the South) plus beers every evening and the total would easily be 1000-1500 or more calories a day. At the time, I actually thought these were some of the better items in my diet, since they were low in actual fat calories.

Doing hardly anything more than eliminating those calories plus limiting other "bad" carbs I knew I ate daily (french fries, white bread, desserts, etc.) while striving not to replace them with other food, I have lost 20 lbs so far. That plus the meds have brought my A1C down under 5 at the last visit.
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