There are many studies that have tried to find what causes food to create addiction.
A group of American researchers were studying obesity when they decided to find out if there is such a thing as food addiction.
The study involved exposing lab mice to both healthy and unhealthy food. After a period of time, the scientists stopped feeding the mice unhealthy, fatty food, but extremely palatable food and observed that the mice started to show signs of withdrawal, tolerance, craving and alterations in the neural chemicals.
Another study, conducted in 2013 by a team of scientists from the University of Missouri, involved 400 adults and revealed that obesity is actually a condition and those who suffer from it need medical attention. The researchers published their findings in the journal Public Library of Sciences One.
A different study conducted n 2014 by a team of experts from the University of Edinburgh shows that the main factor that makes people eat and enjoy unhealthy foods is the psychological compulsion to eat. This allows us to take pleasure and satisfaction from the food we consume.
This study found that food addiction might be a psychological disorder, rather than being related to the substances found in food.
The latest study that discovered the most addictive foods was conducted by two researchers, one from the University of Michigan and the other from the New York Obesity Research Centre, Department of Medicine.
The study involved 500 volunteers who were asked to identify the foods they found to be most problematic, according to the Yale Food Addiction Scale. This scale is actually a questionnaire created by Ashley Gearhardt, a scientist at Yale. The questionnaire is looking to identify the symptoms and determine which foods are the most addictive.
According to the results, the list with the most addictive foods includes ice cream, chips, chocolate, cookies and pizza.
The list of the least addictive foods includes cucumber, carrots, apples, brown rice and beans.
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