"ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study confirms what has long been suspected: highly processed foods like chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive.
This is one of the first studies to examine specifically which foods may be implicated in "food addiction," which has become of growing interest to scientists and consumers in light of the obesity epidemic.
Previous studies in animals conclude that highly processed foods, or foods with added fat or refined carbohydrates (like white flour and sugar), may be capable of triggering addictive-like eating behavior. Clinical studies in humans have observed that some individuals meet the criteria for substance dependence when the substance is food.
Despite highly processed foods generally known to be highly tasty and preferred, it is unknown whether these types of foods can elicit addiction-like responses in humans, nor is it known which specific foods produce these responses, said Ashley Gearhardt, U-M assistant professor of psychology.
Unprocessed foods, with no added fat or refined carbohydrates like brown rice and salmon, were not associated with addictive-like eating behavior. ..."
Not so surprising. In their drive to 'make what we want to buy' addictive elements will be part of it. (even unintentionally)
Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating
"@jaapseidell: Vooral sterk bewerkte producten (rijk aan vet, suiker, zout) zijn het meest 'verslavend'. Iets voor op verpakking? http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22693-highly-processed-foods-linked-to-addictive-eating "
Eigenlijk niet zo verbazingwekkend. Het is een situatie die eenvoudig (zelfs zonder opzet) kan ontstaan. Een producent wil immers iets maken dat we heel erg lekker vinden en wat we opnieuw willen kopen. Een product zou dus moeten voorkomen dat we er 'te veel' of 'te vaak' van willen eten.
Het gepubliceerde onderzoek op Plos ONE: