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Dr. Mitra Ray

Xenobiotics are toxins that are foreign to the body such as drugs, pesticides, and carcinogens. Food today is highly compromised and has become our major source of xenobiotics. At the very least, these chemicals cause water and fat retention, which lead to inexplicable weight gain.

Any time a packaged food label is full of chemicals that you cannot pronounce, understand that they have been added to create an addiction to that food. One of the number one cigarette companies in the world produces many of the foods on the grocery shelf.

But plant-based whole-foods don’t cause addictions or overeating. Have you ever inadvertently eaten too much broccoli? “Oh, I’m so full. I can’t believe I ate that whole head of broccoli. What was I thinking?” If this has never happened it is because when you eat broccoli or other natural whole-food plants, they provide three key ingredients to make you feel full.

First, plants provide fiber, which triggers stretch receptors to make you feel full.

Second, plants provide phytonutrients, which trigger nutrient receptors to let the body know that it has gotten the micronutrients it needs to make the human machinery run properly – much like the oil in your car.

Third, plants provide complex carbohydrates that fill up liver glycogen stores, which are long chains of sugars. Since your brain functions on carbohydrates, your liver and the hypothalamus are constantly talking to each other to regulate hunger as a function of how much glycogen is left in the liver for brain usage.

The packaged foods that you eat are high in xenobiotics, and typically contain far too little fiber and complex carbohydrates. Not only that, they contain almost none of the critical micronutrients available in real plants. They have been chemically designed for you to keep buying eating them and, worst of all, choosing them over real plants as sources of food. Yet they can never give you a feeling of fullness or satisfaction.

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