“You can’t eat just one,” claims one potato chip commercial. And it’s true. Ever try eating just one potato chip? Have you ever eaten an Oreo and been so satisfied that you could put the box away and think about something else?
Long believed by normal folk that there must be things in certain foods that are addictive, it turns out that we are correct. And while it’s true that there is such a thing as emotional eating – eating to fill an emotional void, sooth our souls following a breakup or be a distractive measure when we know it’s time to study for a test or meet a deadline – certain foods are said to have addictive qualities. And believe it or not, some, according to research, are considered to be as addictive as heroin. If you can’t relate to any of the above, you are unique.
Limburger: The Stinkiest Cheese People Can’t Get Enough of
If you have ever watched your father enjoy a piece of cheese with a smell so noxious, you considered running away and joining the circus, it’s one of those, “you gotta try this!” experiences. Hold your nose and open your mind and just put a piece on your tongue. Ahh! You’re hooked to stinky cheese! Why? When you find out, let everyone know. Fat-laden, high in cholesterol and so stinky, even a clothes pin can’t mask the stench, it’s got a certain Je ne sais quoi addictive quality to it.
Sugar and Chocolate: Every Addict’s Nightmare
Whether it’s a doughnut, a piece of lemon meringue pie, a box of chocolates or a slice of chocolate cake, both sugar and chocolate contain highly addictive ingredients – naturally.
Apparently when sugar graces our taste buds, it releases a whole bunch of “feel good” chemicals that can only be described as a high better than any drug. Considered natural opiates, even the person with the most non-addictive personality can become hooked on sugar. Combine it with fat and it’s something that no earthly human can resist.
Making matters worse, chocolate in all forms is one of the most addictive foods out there. Although not everyone is addicted to chocolate, those who are find it even more difficult to quit than heroin. In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan set out to prove this theory. For those suffering from extreme chocolate addiction who tried numerous times to quit and failed, they were given a powerful medication called naloxone, to curb their addictions. What is naloxone, you ask? It’s used in hospitals to treat someone who presents with a heroin overdose. But these researchers ran into a huge snag during their controlled study.
The chocolate addicts refused treatment!
Plan B: add it to pieces of chocolate and offer it to the chocolate junkies. And it worked! They were cured of their addiction… until they ate their next piece of chocolate. Oops!
Is There Any Hope for You?
Hey, if you aren’t holding up liquor stores, or begging your parents for money to feed your stinky cheese habit, don’t worry about it. All joking aside, if your addictions are so severe that you feel you can’t stop or it’s causing drastic weight gain, it might be time to talk with your doctor.
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