Hardly News to Untold Millions
A study of the addictive properties of foods, conducted by researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, found not only that the brains of persons testing high for food addiction responded to food references the same way the brains of drug or alcohol addicts responded to references to those substances, but that certain foods produce a stronger stimulative effect than others. According to the study, reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the foods that generate the strongest addictive responses tend, not surprisingly, to be high in fats, sugars and salt. More specifically, the three "hardest drugs" in the food world, according to the study's author, are chocolate, ice cream and pizza. The findings support a world of empirical evidence.