Is Food Addiction Real?

Do you feel as if you may be addicted to food? If you feel that way you are not alone and your behavior can be explained scientifically. Basically, overeating “sweet, salty and/or fatty (“highly palatable”) foods… can produce addition-like effects in the human brain…”

However, you can help beat your addiction by eating foods that have a low GI. That means stay away from highly refined starches and sugars, like table sugar and white bread. Opt for choices full of fiber like whole grains, fruit and legumes.

Hopefully the recognition of food as an actual addition can increase the amount of help that overweight and obese people receive. A socially-acceptable addition doesn’t remove the fact that a substance is still an addition. Yes, meth is addicting. But so is dairy. So is sugar, fat, chocolate, salt and caffeine. Caffeine may not be responsible for ruining peoples’ lives, but I beg to argue that food can ruin lives. If you are addicted to food, it is okay to ask for help.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.