Foods That Are The Most And The Least Addictive

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Foods That Are The Most And The Least Addictive

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Are you addicted to a particular food? You are not alone. About 20 percent of people suffer either from food addiction or addictive-eating behaviour. The number is even higher in people who are obese.

Food addiction means getting addicted to food the way a drug addict is addicted to drugs. Those who suffer from food addiction are not able to control the urge to gobble up certain foods. This doesn’t mean it is the fault of people always. There are some foods that are more likely to cause addiction in people.

Foods that cause addictive-like eating

Researchers did a study with 518 participants. They were given processed as well as unprocessed foods. It was found that 7 to 10 percent of the people had a full blown food addiction and 92 percent had addictive-like eating behaviour towards certain foods. In spite of trying to quit those foods they were just not able to.

The most addictive foods

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In the above mentioned study each food as given an average score on a scale from 1 to 7, where 1 means not addictive and 7 means very addictive.

  • Pizza (4.01)
  • Chocolate (3.73)
  • Chips (3.73)
  • Cookies (3.71)
  • Ice cream (3.68)
  • French fries (3.60)
  • Cheeseburgers (3.51)
  • Soft drink(3.29)
  • Cake (3.26)
  • Cheese (3.22)
  • Bacon (3.03)
  • Fried chicken (2.97)
  • Rolls (2.73)
  • Popcorn (buttered) (2.64)
  • Breakfast cereal (2.59)
  • Candy (2.57)
  • Steak (2.54)
  • Muffins (2.50)

You must have noted that all the food above is processed and loaded with fat and sugar.

The least addictive foods

raw veggies

As expected, the least addictive foods were unprocessed and whole foods.

  • Cucumbers (1.53)
  • Carrots (1.60)
  • Beans (no sauce) (1.63)
  • Apples (1.66)
  • Brown rice (1.74)
  • Broccoli (1.74)
  • Bananas (1.77)
  • Salmon (1.84)
  • Corn (no butter or salt) (1.87)
  • Strawberries (1.88)
  • Granola bar (1.93)
  • Water (1.94)
  • Crackers (plain) (2.07)
  • Pretzels (2.13)
  • Chicken breast (2.16)
  • Eggs (2.18)
  • Nuts (2.47)

Why is junk food addictive?

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It is not just lack of will-power that is behind addictive like eating behaviour. There are many biochemical reasons that make people lose control over their food consumption.

It has always been linked to processed food, especially the one that is high in added sugar or fat. Processed food is engineered in a way that its tastes super good. Such foods also cause imbalances in blood sugar and these are known to cause food cravings. But it is the brain that is the biggest player in the addictive-like eating behaviour of a person. The brain’s reward centre lights up and starts producing feel-good hormones when we eat food. This is why most of us enjoy eating.

Eating processed junk food releases huge amounts of feel good hormones in comparison to whole foods. This yields a bigger ‘reward’ in the brain. So, the brain starts seeking more reward by making you crave for such junk foods. It can lead to addictive-like eating behaviour or food addiction in an individual.

This isn’t a joke but a very serious issue. It is a good reason to base your diet on whole and unprocessed foods. They release the right amount of feel good chemicals and make sure that you don’t overeat.

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