Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings

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Oxford University Press, Dec 13, 2014 - Health & Fitness - 227 pages
In Your Brain on Food, Dr. Gary Wenk expands his discussion of the effects of specific foods on the brain in a completely updated second edition. From investigations into the benefits and risks of supplements, to the action of gluten in the brain and marijuana's potential for pain relief, Dr. Wenk draws on the latest science to answer a range of fascinating questions such as:
-Is your aluminum cookware hurting you?
-Can tryptophan supplements improve your mood?
-How do fruits and vegetables protect us from aging?
-Why does eating chocolate make you feel so angry?
-Does our brain want us to be obese?

Never forget--everything we consume can affect how we think, feel, and act.

NEW TO THIS EDITION
-Updated second edition greatly expands discussions on the effects of specific foods on the brain
-Clarifies the role of biorhythms in how food affects the brain and behavior
-Investigates why our brain makes us crave fat, salt, and sugar

 

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Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings

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In his second edition, Wenk (psychology & neuroscience; molecular virology, immunology & medical genetics, Ohio State Univ. and Medical Ctr.) deepens his exploration of the impact of food and drugs on ... Read full review

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The title and the cover are completely misleading. Pretty much the only thing about foods (with the exception of coffee and chocolate) the author said was that the amounts of certain chemicals are not ... Read full review

Contents

Food Drugs and You
1
Neurobiology of FeedingHormones Overeatingand Aging
27
Memories Magic and a MajorAddiction
65
Euphoria Depressionand Madness
95
Your Brains Anchor to Reality
125
Marijuana in the Brain
141
Simple Molecules That Turn YouOn and Off
153
Remnants of an Ancient Past
171
Sleeping Versus Waking
181
Brain Enhancement and OtherMagical Beliefs
191
Suggested Readings
211
Index
213
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Gary L. Wenk, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University.

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