|Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 8:51 am: || |
Children as young as 5 in the UK - are suffering from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. You may think this has to do more with emotions and "personal responsibility" than foods, but processed foods are hurting children all over the world. The roots of anorexia are an excess of seratonin, and the roots of excessive consumption can be linked to a deficit of it. MSG, which increases free glutamic acid in the body, affects the brain's balance of neurotransmitters. Seratonin is a neurotransmitter which is made from tryptophan, which is damaged by food processing. Foods that are processed are higher in MSG and aspartate and lower in tryptophan than fresh foods. That is why junk food messes up the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain and may result in eating disorders. I hope they start looking at this reason, instead of blaming the media, commercials, distant moms, and video games!