Can you be addicted to sugar? In this episode of The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast, host Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, is joined by acclaimed research neuroscientist, sought-after speaker and pioneer in the field of food addiction, Nicole Avena, PhD, to discuss the science of sugar addiction – a topic hotly debated among healthcare professionals. Tune in to hear Dr. Avena share about the key findings from her groundbreaking research, the process of establishing criteria for a true sugar addiction and the importance of not going “cold turkey” when reducing added sugars in one’s diet.
Dr. Nicole Avena
Dr. Nicole Avena is a highly acclaimed research neuroscientist, published author, sought-after speaker, and nutrition and diet expert whose seminal research jump-started the exploration into food addiction. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University and postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Avena has authored over 90 scholarly journal articles and several books and book chapters on topics related to nutrition, addiction, eating disorders and obesity. She is also an expert in diet during pregnancy and baby, toddler and childhood nutrition. Dr. Avena regularly appears on podcasts, radio and tv, including appearances on The Doctor Oz Show and The Doctors.