Dr Oz: Carbs, The New Cocaine?
Dr Oz did a show called Carbs: The New Cocaine? because carbohydrates may just be one of the most addictive substances out there. Gary Taubes told Doctor Oz on another show that he believes that everyone should eliminate all carbs from their diets (click here to read that recap: Dr Oz Gary Taubes). On today’s show, Dr Oz is not being as strict as Taubes and saying that all carbs must be eliminated – just the unhealthy carbs like the foods made from white flour such as bread and pasta. These unhealthy carbohydrates could be as addictive as Heroine or Cocaine! After reading this article, you will be able to figure out if you are a Carb Addict or not, and then you can go on Dr Oz’s 28 Day Carb Addict Plan if necessary.
Dr Oz: Carb Addiction
Doctor Oz said that there are receptors in your brain that release Dopamine, which is why we feel pleasure when we eat Carbs. Could it be that the most addictive drug of all is consumed by most of us every day? Bread, pasta, french fries, and potato chips are all Unhealthy Carbohydrates that could be even more addictive than Cocaine. Research shows that carbs and cocaine have the same effect on the pleasure center in your brain. Over time, it takes more and more carbs to get the same “carb fix” and if you try to quit carbs you may go through a withdrawal that includes headaches, moodiness, depression and anxiety. But if you keep eating these carbs, you could end up with Diabetes or struggle with Obesity.
Dr Oz: Addiction vs Craving
Dr Mike Dow said that carbs release Serotonin in your brain, which is a peaceful sedating chemical. Carbs in and of themselves are not the problem – it is the highly processed carbs. Cocaine is similar because it comes from a plant that is fairly harmless, until you process it and then it becomes addictive. Dr Oz adked Dr Dow what is the difference between a craving and an addiction? He said that a craving is something that you have once in a while. But if you need carbs to feel normal and you notice that you need more and more to get the same results or that you have withdrawal symptoms, then you are a Carb Addict.
Doctor Oz said that when you eat carbs, they go into your stomach and a signal is sent to the same part of your brain that Crack or Cocaine effect. This part of your brain makes you feel really good, but eventually the good feeling goes away and you feel like you need more to turn the Dopamine back on. This cycle sabotages you because eventually you cannot keep up with it and you put weight on and your health and hormones get out of sync.
Dr Oz: Carb Addict Signs
Dr Oz gave three signs of a Card Addict:
1. Must Have Morning Carbs
One of Doctor Oz’s guests said that she knew she had a problem when she was at dinner and everyone would eat just one piece of bread, and then she would eat the whole rest of the bread basket. If it is crucial that you eat a Bad Carb within one hour of waking up, then Dr Mike Dow said that is a strong sign that you are a Carb Addict. This same assessment tool is used to diagnose drug addictions and alcoholism as well.
2. You Can’t Cut Back on Carbohydrates
Another one of Dr Oz’s guests said that she has lots of stress in her life and she tends to turn to carbs, mainly pasta, and she can never get enough of it. Dr Mike Dow said that admitting your powerlessness is the first step. If you use carbs to fill an emotional need, this is similar to what alcoholics do with alcohol.
3. Carb Withdrawal Symptoms
Dr Mike Dow said that Carbohydrate Withdrawal Symptoms include things like headaches within the first 24 hours, irritability, mood swings and anxiety. You may even have trouble falling asleep.
Doctor Oz said that Carb Addictions are serious problems for your health, and it is not just about Diabetes but also Heart Problems and immune issues. Do you think you are a Carb Addict? Leave a comment below and share with us the signs that you have and if you plan on doing Dr Oz’s 28 Day Carb Addict Plan!