Tuesday Newsday – Are you a junk food junkie?

March 30th, 2010

I recently shared with a friend of mine my inability to stop eating Funyuns. Go figure, I don’t like cake (frosting makes my teeth hurt), pie (warm fruit skeeves me out), milk chocolate (to me it tastes like lipstick smells) or ice cream (unless it’s a weird flavor like pumpkin or cheesecake). But Funyuns…the very mention of them…the bright yellow bag…the mint green lettering…the way “y” comes down to resemble a Funyuns “O” and all its onion-y goodness…Yes, Pavlov would be proud. I’m like a drug addict. Gotta get, must have gimme gimme gimme gimme.

Apparently, according to a new study, that’s exactly what it is. An addiction. Recent studies have found that eating too much junk food gradually overloads the so-called “pleasure centers” in the brain, causing you to eat more and more in order to experience the original high that the forbidden food gave you.

Here is an excellent article from Health.com (via CNN Health) on being a true junk food junkie.

Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive. A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found. Read more…

What’s your junk food craving? Leave me a comment below.

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