These days, more and more people are recognizing the negatives associated with high-glycemic diets. Because they digest rapidly, high-GI foods cause insulin spikes which can promote obesity, diabetes and so-called “crashes.” Now, a new study indicates that these foods may also promote addictive responses within our brains.

Like a Drug

A recent study suggests that high-glycemic foods trigger heightened activity levels in the parts of our brains which control cravings and rewards. Appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research involved several men who were divided into two groups: one which consumed high GI milkshakes and another which consumed low-GI milkshakes.

As the high GI-milkshakes induced quick increases in blood sugar levels, subjects from the first group experienced more activity in the brain regions which play a role in addictive behaviors. On the other hand, the participants in the low-GI group experienced much less activity in these brain regions.

What it Means

Because they take longer to digest, lean meats and fibrous vegetables prevent insulin spikes, while providing longer periods of lasting energy. By avoiding high-glycemic foods, such as processed white bread, potatoes, and sugary snacks, we can reduce our likelihood of health problems, chronic fatigue and cravings that result from addictive activity within the brain.

Not So Easy for Everyone

Sadly, because it causes serious chewing difficulties, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) prevents many people from eating lean meats and rough, textured vegetables. Instead, they’re often forced to eat a softer diet consisting of high-glycemic foods, which promote all sorts of problems, including low energy associated with crashes.

Enjoying a Better Life

Marked by headaches, jaw pain, jaw popping and chewing difficulties, TMD can make life miserable. Fortunately, Dr. Strickland and Dr. Durham offer their patients lasting relief from TMD by providing a treatment strategy that corrects the root cause of the disorder: a misaligned bite.

Why live with temporomandibular joint disorder, when help is just a phone call away? You can eat the healthy, delicious foods you once enjoyed. Take back your life and contact our office today.