These healthy foods are also addictive

These healthy foods are also addictive

We tend to think that only unhealthy and ultra-processed foods, full of sugars, fats and additives of all kinds, cause food addictions. And, indeed, most of those responsible for this type of problem meet these characteristics. However, there are others that can generate addictive behaviors despite being considered the healthiest.

That is what is extracted from the list of 35 foods(1) which researchers from the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center have determined, based on the experience of trial participants, as the most addictive in the world.

This is the full list:

1. Pizza

2. Chocolate

3. Potato chips

4. Cookies

5. Ice cream

6. French fries

7. Cheeseburger

8. Soda

9. Cakes

10. Queso

11. Beicon

12. Fried chicken

13. Industrial pastries

14. Buttered Popcorn

15. Breakfast cereals

16. Gominoles

17. Steak

18. Cupcakes

19. Nuts

20. Eggs

21. Chicken breast

22. Saltine crackers

23. Crakers

24. Agua

25. Cereal bars

26. Strawberries

27. Corn

28. Salmon

29. Banana

30. Broccoli

31. Brown rice

32. Apple

33. Beans

34. Carrot

35. Cucumber

The scientists responsible for the study have confirmed that especially fatty and sugary foods act by producing biochemical changes in the brain similar to those of drugs, generating an intense sensation of pleasure. And this is due to chemical substances such as glutamate or enkephalin, very present in sweets and ultra-processed products like the ones you can read on the list.

However, in it you can also see other foods recognized for being the healthiest (such as the nutsthe beans, broccolicarrot, cucumber or las apples). And, of course, although nothing in excess is good, “hooking” on one or the other can make a big difference!


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