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What types of foods are addictive?

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Highly palatable foods are foods -- rich in sugar, fat, or salt -- can trigger the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin. These foods may cause the release of feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once some people feel the pleasure associated with more dopamine in the brain's reward pathway, they quickly feel the need to eat again.

From: Food Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Meule, A. , Nov. 3, 2011. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Volkow, N. , January 2011. Trends in Cognitive Science

Gearhardt, A. , August 2011. Archives of General Psychiatry

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Yale Food Addiction Scale." 

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Food and Addiction."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

SOURCES:

Meule, A. , Nov. 3, 2011. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Volkow, N. , January 2011. Trends in Cognitive Science

Gearhardt, A. , August 2011. Archives of General Psychiatry

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Yale Food Addiction Scale." 

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Food and Addiction."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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