The Yale food addition scale has highlighted a number of foods that are more likely to trigger an addiction, and push some people towards eating more and more.
Foods identified by Yale Food Addiction Scale as likely to trigger “addiction”:
- Ice-cream, chocolate, doughnuts, cookies, cake, sweets
- White bread, pasta, white rice
- Salty snacks like crisps pretzels, and crackers
- Bacon, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pizza & chips
If this seems a little obvious, then you are right, because they constitute the diet of many people of the western world. The study conducted shows that over 35s were more likely to have a food addiction, and even more concerning was that people already overweight or obese had an increased tendency to food addiction.
The next obvious finding is if you reduce the consumption of these foods or remove them from your diet, the less likely you have cravings or addictive tendencies towards them.
Ice-cream, chocolate, doughnuts, cookies, cake, sweets
- This category of foods is the most dangerous and can lead to a huge rainge of health issues, including weight gain, Type-2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, fatty liver, skin and cellular aging and types of cancer.
White bread, pasta, white rice
- The grains in white bread, white pasta and white rice are refined through a milling process which removes the bran layer giving them a finer texture. Afterwards these foods are no more than carbohydrates which your body digests quickly and easily. The simple digestion of these foods promotes your body to crave more and you subsequently add extra pounds to your body.
Salty snacks like crisps pretzels, and crackers
- These snack foods are very high in salt and high in fat. The salt in these snacks makes your body hold on to water. Eating too much salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, and the higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease.
Bacon, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pizza & chips
- These process foods have in some way been treated to extend the life of the product or preserve the flavour. Processing includes salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking. Although the protein in these foods do provide some health benefits, eating as little as 50 grams a day increases the risk of colo-rectal cancer by nearly 20%.
A plant based diet to reduce the chance of food addiction is one good option, though you don’t need to be fully vegan to eat healthily and enjoy your food without feeling guilty.