A new study found that chocolate and pizza are one of the most addictive food. These highly processed food are closely linked to eating disorders or behaviors that mimic addiction.
A research team from the University of Michigan and Columbia University looked into common addictive food. The team analyzed 35 different food items and surveyed 120 undergraduates at the University of Michigan and around 400 adults.
The team used the Yale Food Addiction Scale, developed by psychologist and lead author of the study Ashley Gearhardt, to assess food addiction risk.
Chocolate topped the list of foods that are most addictive. It was followed by favorites such as ice cream, French fries, pizza and cookies. Cheese, bacon, pretzels, fried chicken, soda and cake also made it to the top 20 list.
Processed food have higher levels of glycemic load and fat compared to the non-processed ones.
Researchers found that processed food are closely associated with eating disorders or behaviors that mimic addiction.