When we eat primarily foods high in calories, without incorporating sufficient amounts of protective nutrients into our diets, our cells become congested with waste products such as free radicals and advanced glycation end products (AGEs), collectively known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can lead to inflammation, cell damage, and premature cell death. More often than not, it is accompanied by a buildup of toxic metabolites that can create physical symptoms of withdrawal between meals. Dr. Fuhrman calls these withdrawal symptoms toxic hunger. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you might be addicted to food. Test yourself with Dr. Fuhrman’s Food Addict Quiz, from his new book The End of Dieting.
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