Why is it so hard to resist the temptation of chocolate? Because chocolate triggers the release of natural opiates in the brain. It's a drug "strong enough to keep us coming back for more," according to nutritional researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., president and founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. Cheese also releases mild opiates during digestion--no wonder we crave it. In Breaking the Food Seduction
, Barnard helps you understand and overcome your food cravings. He explains which foods "hook" us the most and why, and what to do to break free when you want to decrease the calories and fat that accompany these seductive foods. Cheese, for example, is about 70 percent saturated fat and has more cholesterol, ounce for ounce, than a steak.
Barnard offers seven steps to breaking your food cravings, devoting a chapter to each one, with anecdotes and plenty of clear, sound, practical tips. Then he presents guidelines for healthy eating using "the New Four Food Groups"--vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains--with a three-week menu plan and 113 healthful, vegan recipes. Highly recommended for people who want to understand their food cravings and finally get rid of them. --Joan Price
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"Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the most responsible and authoritative voices in American medicine today."
- Andrew Weil, M.D.
"Dr. Neal Barnard is a brilliant visionary, one of the leading pioneers in educating the public about the healing power of diet and nutrition."
- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Eat More, Weigh Less
"Here at last is the book that shows why certain foods can be so addictive and exactly what to do about it."
- John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cooper Clinic
"...must reading for anyone who eats - and wants to enjoy good health."
- Has A. Diehl, Dr.HSc., Director of the Coronary Health Improvement Project and Chairman of the Board of The Lifestyle Medicine Institure
"This book squarely addresses some of the most critical nutritional problems we face - not only what we should be eating, but also how we can free ourselves from the habits that have kept too many of us from enjoying better health."
- Henry Heimlich, M.D., The Heimlich Institute at Deaconess Hospital