Jan 2, 2017
Scientists have discovered that some fattening foods may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
Have you struggled with weight loss? Then you probably know that it takes more than willpower to shed pounds. Exercising is an obvious solution since it burns fat, but even workouts can’t contend with the results of one, which found that overeating alters brain function, increasing the likelihood of addiction.
The similarities between food and drug addictions are striking. High-fat, high-calorie foods overload the pleasure centers in the brain, much like cocaine and heroin. The more we eat these types of foods, the more we crave them to trigger these pleasure centers.
Additionally, just as drug addicts develop tolerance for a certain drug, people who show signs of food addiction develop a tolerance for certain foods. Regardless of being full, they continue to eat even though the food satisfies them less and less. And it’s not just people struggling with weight issues who can become addicted. People who maintain normal weight can also lose control of their eating behaviors.