You're Most Likely To Get Addicted to These 5 Foods

You're Most Likely To Get Hooked On These Foods

It's easy to claim we're "addicted" to foods like the donuts from down the street or our beloved Thai takeout. But while the concept of food addiction is controversial among researchers, there is growing evidence that highly-processed, fatty, sugary foods like pizza, chocolate, chips and cookies as uniquely problematic foods in people’s lives. Check out the list below. Do you agree? I'm a sweets girl, so cookies and chocolate are definitely on my addictive food list! Even though I'm not always a chips or pizza person, if you give me one bite, I'll want a hundred more. Notice anything? The foods that caused people the most mental distress and physical discomfort are also foods that are highly-processed or are high in added fats and sugars. They’re also more likely to have the highest levels of glycemic load, which is a measurement of how a food will raise a person’s blood sugar level after eating it. “Several studies really do suggest that highly-palatable, highly-processed foods can produce behaviors and changes in the brain that one would use to diagnose an addiction, like drugs and alcohol,” Dr. Nicole Avena told The Huffington Post. (I find this so fascinating! I think food addiction is probably more problematic in this world than almost any other addictions). Food addiction isn’t an officially recognized addiction; the closest thing to it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is binge eating disorder. But Avena, who has been researching food addiction for over 15 years, says that hers is the first clinical study to assess the connection between how people eat certain foods and the properties of that food -- whether it be added fat, sugar or its highly-processed manufacture. She hopes that the finding could one day help struggling obese people re-frame their approach to weight loss. "This could help change the way we approach obesity treatment,” said Avena in a statement about her study. "It may not be a simple matter of 'cutting back' on certain foods, but rather, adopting methods used to curtail smoking, drinking and drug use." For now, while Avena’s results might elicit a “duh” from overeaters (who ever heard of uncontrollably eating Swiss Chard?), she calls them an important first step in recognizing that only certain foods are linked to addictive eating behavior. "If someone feels they are addicted to food, there really is no diagnosis a medical doctor could give to that person,” said Avena. "This study is helping advance the literature so that we can help people who have addictive-like eating disorders." Avoiding the problematic foods in the first place is really the best remedy, but if there is such a thing as food addiction, it might not be that easy. Do any of you feel like you are truly addicted to foods? Are these listed above your top culprits? Source:   By Anna Almendrala Feel free to follow me on my Facebook page or check out more from me on my blog at

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