Have you ever tried snorting a cupcake? Well let me say it burns the back of your throat, just like cocaine, believe me, this angle face has tried both.
Can’t resist the lure of KFC or the 4pm office chocolate run when you’re feeling peckish? Then it’s likely be your junk food addiction, not your stomach, talking.
According to intensive medical research in the US, fatty processed foods and high fructose sugar treats can be as addictive cocaine and cigarettes.
The shocking findings come after American scientists looked into the results from 28 independent studies on food addiction. According to the most recent study by the University of Florida in Gainesville, the findings were so stark, it was hard to ignore the obvious links between junk foods and food addiction.
“The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it,” says Nora Volkow from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We are finding tremendous overlaps between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”
During their investigation, researchers found that obese and compulsive eaters were irresistibly drawn to images of junk food in the same way cocaine addicts were when shown a bag of the white powder.
In the junk food eaters, the decision-making area of the brain (the orbit frontal cortex) released a surge of dopamine as they looked at high-fat foods. This is the same reaction drug users get when presented with cocaine.
Another clue into how large quantities of fatty processed foods can change the way the brain is wired, lie with the results from the study on rats by the Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida.