The pancreas goes into overdrive
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Most people binge on sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as foods made with white flour. In response to a quick intake of too much of these foods, the pancreas pumps insulin into the body, trying to counteract and manage the extra sugar suddenly present in the blood stream. Here are tips to help counteract a sugar binge.
Dopamine, the brain’s ‘pleasure hormone,’ surges
“Whereas eating a healthy, balanced meal might release a moderate amount of dopamine,” says Denise Wilfley, PhD, Scott Rudolph University professor at Washington University in St. Louis and National Eating Disorders Association representative, “eating high-fat, high-sugar foods, like a pint of ice cream, might lead to a release of extremely high levels of dopamine.” If you binge again and again, the brain needs more dopamine to reach the same level of pleasure. It could take more food, or different types of food, to trigger that “feel good” sensation in the future.