Your Brain on Food

Your Brain on Food

How Chemicals Control your Thoughts and Feelings

Book - 2010
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Why is eating chocolate so pleasurable? Can the function of just one small group of chemicals really determine whether you are happy or sad? Does marijuana help to improve your memory in old age? Is it really best to drink coffee if you want to wake up and be alert? Why is a drug like PCPpotentially lethal? Why does drinking alcohol make you drowsy? Do cigarettes help relieve anxiety? Can eating less food preserve your brain? What are the possible side effects of pills that claim to make you smarter? Why is it so hard to stop smoking? Why did witches once believe that they couldfly? In this book, Gary Wenk demonstrates how, as a result of their effects on certain neurotransmitters concerned with behavior, everything we put into our bodies has direct consequences for how we think, feel, and act. The chapters introduce each of the main neurotransmitters involved withbehavior, discuss its role in the brain, and explain ways to influence it through what we consume.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780195388541
0195388542
Branch Call Number: 615.78/WENK
Characteristics: xiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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FCostaguta
Nov 21, 2016

Do you consider tobacco, opium, or cocaine to be food? If so, you will find no grievance with the title of this book. If, however, you rightly identify them as drugs, you will be disappointed by this hugely misleading title. As a book on DRUGS, this is an OK quick read. As a book on FOOD, this book offers next to nothing.

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Feb 02, 2011

If you don't want to learn that coffee and many other foods are drugs that alter your brain chemistry, don't bother reading this book.

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DavidGriffiths
Jan 20, 2011

I think the title reflects the desired marketing strategy for the book, as opposed to the content. This was more about how chemicals affected your brain, and possibly how those chemicals were affected by things like coffee, cocaine, etc.

Very little on actual food. By the third chapter, I gave up and just started flipping through, sampling subject material, trying to find any significant reference too food.

The broccoli on the cover is as equally misleading as the title.

The sub-title should have been the title: "How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings".

If you are dying to know more about pharmacology, this is a great read. If you are looking for insight into how your diet can affect your mental state (or if it even does), this isn't it.

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