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 Post reports.
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.