When you say you've got a craving for chocolate, you may not be exaggerating.
A recent study from the University of Michigan says there are certain
foods that have an addictive quality and can trigger pleasure responses
in the brain similar to drugs.
Foods that are processed and heavy on refined carbohydrates and fat tend
to cause more addictive behaviors; it's harder to stop eating those
kinds of foods and it's easier to lose control when consuming them.
Of course, that can be bad for your health in several ways--it can put
you at higher risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, for starters.
Here are the top 10 most addictive foods, in order, according to the study:
If you have a weakness for one of the foods on the list, there are ways
to try to control it, Of course, you can avoid it--don't order the
cheeseburger at the restaurant or don't buy a box of cookies at the
grocery store. If you do indulge, give yourself a miniature portion--you
can still enjoy the taste without going overboard on refined carbs or
fat. You can also try eating a healthy meal to fill you up beforehand.
If you feel you are emotionally eating, use a food journal to track when
you eat the food and why. You may spot a pattern, and you can try and
develop a healthier habit--if you eat candy bars when you are stressed,
change things up and go for a walk instead.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.