Researchers Say Knowledge May Be Key To Curbing Junk Food Binges

 – February 19, 2015  –– 

Pizza, chocolate, and chips can be as addicting as drugs — that’s the new revelation from a study released on Wednesday. “Foods can have addictive like qualities,” said Nicole Avena, PhD, a research professor at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Avena spent the past year testing hundreds of people. She isolated 35 foods ranging from pizza to vegetables to soda. Each participant then rated the food based on how problematic it was, meaning if they lost control over how much they ate.

- Nicole Avena, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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