You’ll Never Guess #24
A study by nutritional scientists at the University of Michigan has factored those attributes that make food items irresistible and has issued a list of the 35 most “addictive” foods. The top ten items, to the surprise of few, are pizza, chocolate, snack chips, cookies, ice cream, French fries, cheeseburgers, non-diet sodas, cake and cheese. The only somewhat unexpected result is that bacon, at number 11 failed to make the top ten list. Also noticeably absent are buttered popcorn at 14, and breakfast cereal at 15. The five least addictive on the list, in descending order: brown rice, apples, beans, carrots and cucumber. And one counterintuitive finding: out of the most addictive 35, simple water came in at 24. The study was published in the US National Library of Medicine.
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.