We all know that addictions are incredibly harmful. They can cloud our judgment, get in our way of making rational decisions, and take over priority in our lives.
But did you know that these same things can also apply to foods? Foods can be extremely addictive. And like other addictions, if they become extreme enough, they can get in the way of us living our lives. Many addictive foods are also awful for us. They can cause poor health. When eaten in excess, they can cause feelings of guilt and embarrassment.
Knowledge is power. It is good to know which foods are highly addictive. Then, we can see which foods we may have weaknesses. And if we see those weaknesses turning into addictions, we can do what we need to do to make the proper corrections.
Here is a list of 5 surprisingly addictive foods:
Everyone knows that caffeine is addictive. Just ask any coffee drinker how successful they are at getting their day started before they’ve had their morning cup. Coffee, energy drinks, chocolate, and some teas and sodas are very high in caffeine. Not only is caffeine’s effect on our bodies high addictive, but people also experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to drop the habit, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, and even depression.
2) Salty Snacks.
Salt is also addictive. This addiction, just like many other foods (as well as alcohol and cigarettes), has both psychological and physiological effects on us. Salty food tastes good. We enjoy eating it because of how good it tastes. This enjoyment makes us happy. As we feel that joy, we begin to associate it with salty foods. Then we begin to crave those feelings of happiness and fulfillment we experienced the last time we ate those salty foods. But there are problems with this. If we overeat salt, our body loses its ability to get rid of the excess. This can cause things like water retention, potassium deficiency, high blood pressure, and in extreme cases, congestive heart failure.
3) Junk Food.
Another highly addictive food. Fatty food, especially when paired with sugar or salt (AKA junk food), is very addictive. It is another food that, like sugar, affects the pleasure centers of the brain. This effect was studied on rats. The researchers found that when rats were given unlimited amounts of junk food, they began compulsively eating the food. The researchers tried giving the rats an electric shock if they ate more than they should. But even this didn’t stop the rats from their compulsive eating of junk food. This was not a normal reaction. It showed junk foods’ highly addictive nature.
What do you get when you combine sugar, fat, carbs, and dairy? You get pastries! Sugars, fats, carbs, and dairy are all highly addictive. All of them releasing addictive chemicals into our bodies when they are digested. And pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. aren’t just made of one of these addictive foods. They are usually comprised of many of them. So not only are you getting the special addictive effects of these foods, but you are getting these effects combined all at once.
5) “Low Fat” or “Sugar-Free” Stuff.
Don’t be fooled by the labels. Many people read things like “low fat” or “sugar-free” and automatically assume it’s healthy. On the contrary, these items can be terrible for you and highly addictive. And many times, they’re filled with added sodium, additives, and other harmful things to make up for the flavor lost when cutting out the fat or sugar. Not only can some of these foods contain addictive properties within them, but they also perform a trick on our brain. When we consume these foods, we are tricked into thinking they are healthy. That makes us consume much more than we usually would.
All of the foods on this list are highly addictive. Some of us may have heightened weaknesses for only one or two on this list, while others may feel the addictive draws of all of them. Either way, when it comes to these foods, moderation is key. If you can limit your consumption of these foods (or even better, replace them with healthier alternatives), you should be able to work to limit the addictive effects on your body and be able to enjoy all-around better health.