In disappointing news, today I found out that basically everything I eat on a regular basis is considered an addictive food, so… yeah. There’s that. I know this isn’t great, because you shouldn’t be addicted to things, even if they taste delicious. My only salvation is that I do eat a lot of foods that are good for you and also not addicting, like vegetables and fruits (basically the things little kids hate).
On a more serious note: food addiction is real and it can affect you in ways you probably don’t even think about. While these addictions aren’t good for you, that doesn’t mean you need to give up all this stuff completely. For example, everyone knows that sugar is highly, highly addictive. Does that mean you should cut it out of your diet forever? No. Everything in moderation – you know the phrase, too much of a good thing, blah, blah. Here are 12 addictive foods that you probably can’t get enough of. But I’ll be honest, guys: these are some addictions I really don’t mind having.
OreosAnd now for the whole reason this post was written, besides to crush dreams: a new study just came out saying that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, if not more. When rats were presented with Oreos or rice cakes, they overwhelmingly picked Oreos (I mean, obviously). Then, when they were given a choice of cocaine or Oreos, they appeared to like both the same amount. Soo... basically Oreos are like cocaine. Except way more yummy and less dangerous.
Flamin' Hot CheetosAs we've written before, delicious Flamin' Hot Cheetos can be considered addicting. That's because of a more general reason: eating foods that you know are bad for you that taste good is addicting. The bad ingredients in these causes the same chemical reactions in your brain that drugs do. Buuuuuuut. Flamin' Hot Cheetos!
Anything Low-Fat, Low-Cal, Low-WhateverWhen you buy things that are labeled as low-fat, low-cal, fat-free, low-sugar, etc., you may think you're buying something that's good for you, but, uh, you're not. Food companies are totally fooling you. They're also being extra mean because this stuff is addicting in a psychological way. Basically, you eat a handful of low-fat chips because you think they're better than regular chips... then you eat more, because, hey, they're kind of healthy, right? No. Stop it. You keep buying these things because you think they're better for you and they're not. Source: ShutterStock
ChocolateObviously chocolate is on this list because the world is evil. Chocolate really does make you feel happier, though, not only because it's insanely delicious (have you ever had Godiva truffles? HAVE YOU?), but also because it actually does make you feel happy. Eating chocolate releases serotonin into your brain, which makes you feel very happy. And you like that feeling! So you crave it. And since your body has made the connection that chocolate = serotonin = happiness, well, you're screwed. Source: ShutterStock
Processed Meats, AKA BurgersFinally, something I don't need to feel guilty about because I don't eat it! Red meat itself isn't addictive, but processed, fatty meat like what is used in burgers is. That's because it contains a bunch of not-so-fun chemicals, salt and sugar to make a combination that leaves us wanting more. Hate to break it to you, but that means fast food too. Source: ShutterStock
French FriesHi, my name is Jessica and I'm a French fry addict. And proud. I mean, no, no I'm not. Anyway, French fries are another food that combine everything that is addicting into one incredible thing. French fries are salty (addicting), carb-y (addicting) and have sugar (you guessed it!). Source: ShutterStock
CheeseNooooooooo. Say it isn't soooooooo. Cheese is only one of the best substances on earth... so actually, yeah, this makes sense. Cheese is basically heroin, if you want to state things plainly. No, I'm not kidding: past studies have found that morphine (yes, that kind of morphine) is in cow's milk. Cheese also contains casesin, a protein that releases substances called casomorphins during digestion, which have an opiate effect. Source: ShutterStock
CoffeeIf you didn't already know that caffeine is addicting, I'm sorry. I don't know where you've been all this time. Coffee is addicting because it contains caffeine and caffeine gives you energy. The more you drink it, the more addicted you get. When you stop having caffeine, your body actually has withdrawal symptoms, like headaches and feeling exhausted and sluggish. I know this is true because on the days I forget my coffee, my head pounds and I want to kill everyone while simultaneously sleeping. Source: ShutterStock
Potato ChipsPotato chips contain tremendous amounts of salt which make them both addictive and also DELICIOUS GET IN MY MOUTH. Anyway, you get addicted to salt because it tastes good and makes you happy because you like what you're eating and your body wants more of that. Stop eating salt, though, as much as you can. It's horrible for you and I'm addicted to it and it's a terrible thing. Source: ShutterStock
Chewing GumGum itself isn't addicting - it's the chewing part that's addicting. If you spend most of your time chewing a piece of gum in your mouth, that motion may start to feel relaxing, like a sort of routine that you need. Eventually, that routine becomes addicting and you feel like you need to do it. Source: ShutterStock
Ice CreamOf course ice cream is addicting, because like I said, the world is evil. Or not so evil when you think about it, because is it really THAT bad to be addicted to something so incredible? So many flavors, so many potential toppings... um, right. Anyway, fat is very addicting and there is a lot of it in ice cream. Mix in all that sugar and it's even worse. Source: ShutterStock
PastaBasically anything that is made of pure carbs is addicting because, uh, carbs are addicting. Eating carbs releases dopamine, which makes you feel happy... just like cocaine! Then your body gets addicted to that happy feeling and you want it more, so you eat more carbs. Source: ShutterStock
Do you eat these foods? Are you addicted to any of these foods? Which is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.