Episode 206: Sugar Addiction and How to Overcome It with Dr. Nicole Avena and Leigh Richardson

Dr. Nicole AvenaLeigh Richardson of the Brain Performance Center and host of In Your Head Podcast speaks with Dr. Nicole Avena, research neuroscientist, author and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction, to talk about sugar addition and how to overcome it as discussed in her new book Sugarless. She also touched on hidden sugars in food and its different names, the dangers of ultra-processed food, and getting kids involved in nutrition.

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About Dr. Nicole Avena, Ph.D.:

Dr. Nicole Avena is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and a Visiting Professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University. She is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction, with a special focus on nutrition during early life and pregnancy, and women’s health. She has done groundbreaking work developing models to characterize food addition and the dangers of excess sugar intake. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In addition to over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, Dr. Avena has written several popular books, including Why Diets Fail: Because You’re Addicted to Sugar, What to Eat When You’re Pregnant, What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler and What to Eat When You Want to Get Pregnant. He latest book, Sugarless, will be released in December, 2023. She frequently appears as a science expert in the media, including regular appearances on Good Day NY, The Doctors, and the former Dr. Oz Show as well as many news programs. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times, and many other periodicals. Dr. Avena is a member of the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. She has the #2 most watched TED-ED Health talk, How Sugar Affects Your Brain, with over 16 million views and counting.

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Sugarless: A 7-Step Plan to Uncover Hidden Sugars, Curb Your Cravings, and Conquer Your Addiction, is Dr. Avena’s new book and it available NOW for preorder.

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Leigh Richardson is also the author of Brain on Game On, available at Amazon and on  www.thebrainperformancecenter.com and www.leigherichardson.com. The Brain Performance Center is located in Dallas, Texas and can be reached at 214-329-9017.


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