Neuroscientist, Dr. Nicole Avena, Addresses The Science Behind The Addictive Nature Of Sugar

Food Addiction: The Problem and the Solution Podcast Episode Is Entitled Sugar Addiction is Real….And It's Not Your Fault
By: INFACT School
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Aug. 10, 2023 - PRLog -- Host Susan Branscome talks with Dr. Nicole Avena, research neuroscientist and world-renowned expert in the field of nutrition, diet, and food addiction about sugar addiction. In her books, Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar) and Hedonic Eating: How the Pleasure of Food Affects Our Brains and Behavior, Dr. Avena discusses our addictive and dependence-like relationship with sugar and highly processed foods. Sugar acts on the brain the same way as drugs, creating highs and lows, withdrawals, craving, and binging.

"If you're struggling with food addiction, recovery could be difficult because in the US, the food system is essentially setting us up for failure," Dr. Avena said. "But its possible to get help and...navigate this food environment in a way that they can be happy and healthy."

"Food Addiction: The Problem and The Solution" podcast is available on podcast platforms including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. Listeners can also listen to the podcast on the INFACT School and Food Addiction Institute websites and youtube channels.

About Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Nicole Avena received her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University and is uniquely qualified to address the biology of food addiction as well as its psychological aspects. She has published over 90 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating. Her next book Sugar Less furthers the discussion around the prevalence of sugar and the addictive response in our society with 80 percent of grocery store products containing sugar. She is on the faculty of The INFACT School.

About The INFACT School

The International School for Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment (INFACT) is the world's first and only food addiction counseling and treatment training for medical, physical, mental health service providers resulting in professional certification from an accredited certification body. Graduates qualify to receive a Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP) certificate from the European Certification Board and CFAP credential from the The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey. Registration is open for the September, 2023 term at

About Susan Branscome

The podcast host, Susan Branscome, is the creator and host of LeadingShe, a podcast where women leaders use their voices, wisdom and experiences to help elevate and inspire other women. A 40-year career in which Susan succeeded in the male-dominated commercial real estate industry and owned her own company, prepared her for the task of interviewing these courageous women, sharing stories and ideas of her own.

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