The Science (Or Lack Thereof) of Sugar Addiction

It’s been a wild few weeks around here, but I’m finally getting around to posting the recap of my sugar addiction webinar with Jessie Hoffman! You can catch the whole thing below (transcript coming soon!) - keep scrolling to find our references if you’d like to dig into those!

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Selected References

Avena, N.M., Food and addiction: implications and relevance to eating disorders and obesity. Curr Drug Abuse Rev, 2011. 4(3): p. 131-2.Monsivais, P., M.M. Perrigue, and A. Drewnowski, Sugars and satiety: does the type of sweetener make a difference? Am J Clin Nutr, 2007. 86(1): p. 116-23.

Benton, D., The plausibility of sugar addiction and its role in obesity and eating disorders. Clin Nutr, 2010. 29(3): p. 288-303.

Burger, K., Stice, E. Relation of dietary restraint scores to activation of reward-related brain regions in response to food intake, anticipated intake, and food pictures. Neuroimage, 2012. 55(1): p.233-239

DiNicolantonio, J.J., J.H. O'Keefe, and W.L. Wilson, Sugar addiction: is it real? A narrative review. Br J Sports Med, 2017.

Epstein, L.H., et al., Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. Am J Clin Nutr, 2011. 94(2): p. 371-6.

Hoebel, B.G., et al., Natural addiction: a behavioral and circuit model based on sugar addiction in rats. J Addict Med, 2009. 3(1): p. 33-41.

Lennerz, B. and J.K. Lennerz, Food Addiction, High-Glycemic-Index Carbohydrates, and Obesity. Clin Chem, 2018. 64(1): p. 64-71.

Markus, C.R., et al., Eating dependence and weight gain; no human evidence for a 'sugar-addiction' model of overweight. Appetite, 2017. 114: p. 64-72.

Westwater, M.L., P.C. Fletcher, and H. Ziauddeen, Sugar addiction: the state of the science. Eur J Nutr, 2016. 55(Suppl 2): p. 55-69.

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Why Diets Aren't the Answer to Your PCOS

Why Diets Aren't the Answer to Your PCOS

A quick disclaimer before we get started: this information is meant for educational purposes only and is not a replacement for individualized medical care or medical nutrition therapy. Consult your healthcare providers before making any changes to your eating pattern, movement, or supplements.

I’m loving hosting these Coffee Chat webinars so much that I’m excited to share they’ll be continuing into the foreseeable future! Our most recent topic covered some of the basics of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and why diets are not the answer to PCOS. You can catch the replay below or keep scrolling to read a summary of the info!

Five Ways to Be A Smarter Consumer of Nutrition Information

Five Ways to Be A Smarter Consumer of Nutrition Information

If you missed it, my friend Jessie Hoffman, MS, PhD and I hosted a free webinar last Monday to talk about five simple ways to be a better consumer of information. There’s a lot of nutrition information streaming at us (everyone eats, so everyone has an opinion...right?), but how do we sort out what information is good and what’s less-than-quality? Catch the replay below to see our full thoughts, or scroll down for the TL;DR version!