BY MEGAN MAHEDY
Can you really become addicted to your food?
Research from the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s New York Obesity Research Center says yes.
According to the study, some foods share a myriad of traits with abusive drugs and may be just as addictive.
The study surveyed 120 undergraduate students and 400 adults using the Yale Food Addiction Scale from a list of 35 foods, varying in nutritional composition to determine which were most associated with addictive-like eating behaviors.
The study found what most of us could have probably deduced, that the top 10 include highly processed foods––those with added sugar and fat specifically produced to be addictive. These processed foods can engender addictive-like eating behavior, and may share similar characteristics with abusive drugs.
“In a similar manner that drugs are processed to increase their addictive potential, this study provides insight that highly processed foods may be intentionally manufactured to be particularly rewarding through the addition of fat and refined carbohydrates, like white flour and sugar,” Erica Schulte, graduate student of psychology at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study, told CNN.
The top 10 most addictive foods:
- Ice Cream
- French Fries