When you hear the word addiction, what do you think of? The first word that comes to my mind is drugs. For some reason it has been instilled in my brain to think that only people who use drugs are susceptible to addiction. Therefore, I am not susceptible and do not have to worry about addiction.

But what if I told you that you and I are addicts? We are. What is addiction? According to Medical News Today, people with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful.

Now, how are we addicts?

Take a moment to think about everything you ate and drank today. What did it contain? Look at the back of every item in your refrigerator and pantry. Do you know what all of those ingredients are? Do any of the products, that we so call food, contain monosodium glutamate?

The documentary "Hungry for a Change" quoted chemist Raymond Francis, M.Sc. MIT, who said, “Msg (monosodium glutamate) and free glutamates are used to enhance flavor in about 80 percent of all processed foods.”  

To make it more confusing on us consumers, monosodium glutamate is referred to as many different names, such as hydrolyzed vegetable or plant protein and sodium caseinate. Doesn’t plant protein sound like something healthy for you? It’s not! They’ve tricked us!

If you watch the entire documentary, like I did with a group of teachers I work with, you will learn that research studies induce mice with msg to make them obese and it excites the brain to want more.

I watched this video and told myself I was going to stop eating foods with msg. Wait! Eighty percent of all the foods in the grocery store contain msg! How do I do that? Can I even accomplish my thought? Do I want to go through the hassle?

We are addicted to this non-healthy form of eating. I feel like I’ve lost control over my eating habits because I am so accustomed to the commercial products. I am accustomed to stopping at a fast food restaurant for a burger or salad. Even my salad will have msg, because I add salad dressing. I have become accustomed to harming my own body.

All of these man-made foods that we eat off the counters of grocery stores and from restaurants have high amounts of calories that trick our minds to think we have satisfied our bodies’ hunger, but in actuality we are starving our body of the nutrients it is designed to intake and properly digest.

More than half of our country is overweight and diabetes is on the rise- every disease, cancer and disorder is on the rise. It seems like this issue is hopeless, but there are people in our world who have changed their lifestyle and eating habits to cure cancer, reduce the intake of medication and to simply live.  

We need to take back the responsibility of our own health and quit putting it in the hands of these doctors who prescribe pills to ease pain, rather than fix the problem.

The solution is in our own control and lies within our diet.

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