You downright devour donuts, never pass up pizza, and shudder to think about someone getting between you and a gelato shop. These are the bear traps of foodstuff and most often the source of your diet’s demise, but research published in the journal PLOS One suggests it’s not all your fault.
Highly processed foods (read: fatty and sugar-laden) pose unique problems in people’s lives akin to addiction, a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found. Scientists are hesitant to place food addiction on the same playing field as alcohol or drugs, but this study finds that behaviors and attitudes surrounding the consumption of certain foods are closely related to addiction patterns, the Huffington Postreports.
Researchers asked 504 participants to use the Yale Food Addiction Scale to identify which foods trouble them the most, asking them to count the number of times they’ve eaten to the point of feeling physically ill or spending a lot of time feeling sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
Here, ranked on a 7-point scale (1=not problematic at all, 7=extremely problematic) are the most and least addictive foods from the study.
Macros Per Serving (from caloriecount.com): A milk chocolate candy bar (like the one stashed in your office desk) comes in at about 210 calories, has 13 grams of fat and 26 grams of carbohydrates. Not to mention it's a sugar bomb, averaging about 24 grams.
Macros Per Serving (from caloriecount.com): There are 69 calories in just one chocolate chip cookie. If your will power can prevent you from wolfing down a sleeve, you'll consume about 9 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of sugar. Again in just one cookie.
Macros Per Serving (from caloriecount.com): Half a cup of vanilla ice cream delivers 145 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of sugar before you shovel on the sprinkles and ladle the syrups.
Macros Per Serving (from caloriecount.com): One large apple has 116 calories and 5 grams of fiber to help you stay full. Apples also have essential vitamins A and C and flavonoids, which help protect you against cancer.
Macros Per Serving (from caloriecount.com): Half a cup of beans packs the same amount of protein as 2 oz of poultry, mealt or seafood. A 1-cup serving of black beans is 245 calories and loaded with antioxidants.