Are simple carbohydrates physiologically addictive?

Hammersley, Richard and Reid, Marie (1997) Are simple carbohydrates physiologically addictive? Addiction Research, 5 (2). pp. 145-160. ISSN 1058-6989

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Dieting, obesity and eating disorders are soemtimes considered to belong to the domain of addictive behaviour (e.g. Orford, 1985; Nirenberg & Maisto, 1987). One aspect of eating problems may be the effects of carbohydrates on behaviour and this review will consider the proposal that sugars or other carbohydrates have drug-like effects on human physiology which would largely explain their use, particularly their use despite adverse effects such as obesity. It has been suggested that carbohydrates lead to substance-specific cravings (Wurtman, 1990). Broadly, these include effects on subjective mood and on subsequent eating behaviour which might be regarded as signs of addiction.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009 10:21
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:37


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