|Top 5 Most Addictive Foods|
|Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2011 )|
While we all know about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes,did you know that you could become addicted to your favourite food?From withdrawal symptoms to changes in brain chemistry, our snacks have surprising ways of keeping us wanting more.Here is our guide to five of the world’s most addictive foods.
Many people claim to be chocoholics, but can you really be addicted to
The answer is... perhaps. One reason many people feel "addicted" to chocolate is
the food's chemical compounds (including theobromine, phenyethylamine,
anandamide and tryptophan)
actually have pleasure-inducing effects that can mimic the effects of drugs on
Chocolate also contains alkaloids (tetrahydro-beta-carbolines) which are present
and have been linked to alcoholism.
From pizzas to cheeseburgers, cheese is a staple of many widely-craved junk
but there could be more to our cravings than we think.
Various studies have discovered the presence of opiates -
We all know that sugar is bad for our health but, according to numerous studies,
it can also be addictive. Studies have suggested that when we eat sugar,
called opioids are released by the brain, which leads to an intense feeling of
pleasure. It is this feeling that people may crave in the absence of sugar.
Numerous researchers and studies have suggested that fatty, processed junk food
such as burgers
may actually be addictive. According to Professor David Kessler - an
ex-commissioner of the US Food and
Drug Administration and author of The End of Overeating - the combination of
fat, salt and sugar
in junk food triggers our "bliss point" and leaves us wanting more.
Many feel that they can't start the day without a cup of coffee and people often
having a caffeine "addiction", however this may not be far from the truth.
Although there has been much debate over the years about whether or not caffeine
is genuinely addictive,
it is difficult to deny that many of us crave it to the point where we feel we
can't function without it.
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