Could Some Foods Be Addictive?

A new study finds that foods with added fat may trigger addictive-like eating behavior.


A new study finds that foods with added fat, white flour, and/or sugar—like chocolate, pizza, and French fries—may trigger addictive-like eating behavior. People who had the symptoms of food addiction and/or a higher body mass index reported having more difficulty with the “rewarding” properties of these foods than with foods such as brown rice or salmon. These findings could help change the way obesity treatment is approached. “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,” said Dr. Nicola Avena, a co-author of the study. The study’s authors suggest that researchers should next examine whether addictive foods are able to cause the same sorts of changes in brain circuitry and behavior as addictive drugs. “Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating,” Michigan News, February 18, 2015, www.ns.umich.edu.


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