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The Top 5 Most Addictive Fat-Storing Foods

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Have you ever felt that certain foods have control over you? You crave these foods.

University of Michigan designed two studies to examine which foods were deemed most addictive. The first study involved 120 undergraduate students. Participants in this group had a mean age of 19 and varied in age from 18 to 23. Students used a self-reporting tool that examined addictive-like eating behaviors through a series of questions and the foods associated with those behaviors.

For example, one question was, “Over time, I have found that I need to eat more and more of certain foods to get the feeling I want, such as reduced negative emotions or increased pleasure.” The questions were then associated with 18 foods considered “highly processed” and 17 foods that were categorized as “not processed.”

Most Addictive Fat-Storing Foods

For the college students, the top five additive foods were listed as:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Ice cream
  3. French fries
  4. Pizza
  5. Cookie

The top three least addictive foods:

  1. Plain beans (without sauce)
  2. Broccoli
  3. Cucumbers

In the second study, 398 community participants answered the same questionnaire as did the university students. Community participants had a mean age of 31 and ranged in age from 18 to 65. This list was similar, but slightly different. The top 10 most addictive foods for this group included:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Chips
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice cream

What you will notice is that though the order was different, both groups found the same foods to be in the top five categories. These foods are what we would consider fat-storing foods. They are high in sugar and/or refined carbohydrates.

The three least addictive foods for community members were:

  1. Cucumber
  2. Carrots
  3. Plain beans (without sauce)

The last thing you need is to have addicting, fat-storing foods easily within reach when you’re trying to lose weight. Do yourself a favor and remove the five most addicting foods your refrigerator, freezer and cupboards.