Highly processed foods may be addictive

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This article in the New York Times shows how highly processed foods may be as addictive as cigarettes and cocaine. This kind of food seems to light up the parts of your brain that make you want to eat more.

At the top of the list were pizza, chocolate, potato chips, cookies, ice cream, French fries and cheeseburgers. Dr. Gearhardt has found in her research that these highly processed foods share much in common with addictive substances. Like cigarettes and cocaine, their ingredients are derived from naturally occurring plants and foods that are stripped of components that slow their absorption, such as fiber, water and protein. Then their most pleasurable ingredients are refined and processed into products that are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, enhancing their ability to light up regions of the brain that regulate reward, emotion and motivation.

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Going keto at fast food restaurants

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Men’s Health Magazine has an article on “keto hacks” while eating out at fast food or fast casual restaurants. I’m really against using the word “hacks” for this stuff but I guess it’s what people click on these days.

Like eating at any other restaurant it’s all about your choices. Some of the suggestions here are a little goofy. If I’m going low carb I’d most likely stay away from Taco Bell. If I’m getting Taco Bell I’m going to enjoy all it’s carby goodness! Then get back to business the next day.

As the ketogenic diet continues to bask in its popular glory, some restaurants (Chipotle, cough cough) are jumping on the bandwagon to appease their consumer bases.

But what’s a person in ketosis to do if a restaurant doesn’t have a keto-approved menu item?

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c|net covers keto?!?

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How far has c|net fallen from the technology news site it used to be? I used to religiously read c|net and follow many of the columnists and hosts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Now they’re reporting on the Keto Diet? Who do they think they are? The Verge?

The average keto dieter wants to keep their carb intake to between 15 and 20 grams per day (or less), depending on body type. To put things in perspective, a single apple or banana has over 25 grams of carbs alone, so navigating a keto diet on any restaurant menu is tricky but you’ll have to do even more homework and question-asking at fast-food and fast-casual chains, where carb-less menu items can be scarce.

Though most national chains have been slow to catch up to the fad, Chipotle announced keto bowls earlier this year and it may not be too long before others follow suit. Until then, we did some digging into the menus of some of the nation’s most popular fast food and fast-casual chains to help you pick low-carb options to stay in full ketosis. All day. Every day.

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Reading the article made me a little sad. Not because of the information, as people on the keto diet are always looking for options, but because this really doesn’t belong on c|net.