The existence of food addiction is contentious.
According to a study entitled Symposium Overview—Food Addiction: Fact or Fiction?, food addiction is decribed as:
“ a pervasive, yet controversial, topic that has gained recent attention in both lay media and the scientific literature.”
The study proposes that: “specific foods, especially those that are rich in fat and/or sugar, are capable of promoting “addiction”-like behavior and neuronal change under certain conditions. That is, these foods, although highly palatable, are not addictive per se but become so following a restriction/binge pattern of consumption.”
Here is a list of the ten most addictive foods according to a recent study entitled ‘Which Foods May Be Addictive? The Roles of Processing, Fat Content, and Glycemic Load‘:
- Ice cream
- French fries
Not only have these addictive foods been researched and “listed”, but they have also been ranked according to their level of addictiveness on a scale of 1 to 7. You can have a look a their addictiveness, and the further list of 17 Most Addictive, here.
The University of Michigan conducted the study with 518 participants. Participants were given 35 different foods, some processed and some unprocessed. Shockingly, 7-10% of participants were diagnosed with food addiction.
A list featuring the least addictive foods, most of which (not all!) are whole and unprocessed, was also published. Yay for us!!