Addictive-like eating behavior involves a lot more than just a lack of willpower. There are biochemical reasons why some people lose control over their consumption.

It has repeatedly been linked to processed foods, especially those high in added sugar and/or fat. Processed foods are usually engineered to be “hyperpalatable” – so they taste super good.

They also contain high amounts of calories and cause major blood sugar imbalances. These are known factors that can cause food cravings.

However, the biggest contributor to addictive-like eating behavior is your brain.

The brain has a reward center, which lights up and starts secreting dopamine and other feel-good chemicals when we eat.

This reward center explains why most of us “enjoy” eating. It makes sure that we eat enough food to get all the energy and nutrients that we need.

Eating processed junk food releases massive amounts of feel-good chemicals, compared to unprocessed foods. This yields a much more powerful “reward” in the brain.

Your brain then seeks more reward by causing cravings for these hyper-rewarding foods. This can possibly lead to a vicious cycle, called addictive-like eating behavior or food addiction.

Summary:

Processed foods can cause blood sugar imbalances and cravings. Eating junk food also makes your brain release feel-good chemicals, which can lead to even more cravings.

Sources & References:
journals.plos.org
www.eurekaselect.com
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
www.sciencedirect.com
io9.gizmodo.com
www.bmbreports.org

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Addictive-like eating behavior involves a lot more than just a lack of willpower. There are biochemical reasons why some people lose control over their consumption. It has repeatedly been linked to processed foods, especially those high in added sugar and/or fat. Processed foods are usually engineered to be 'hyperpalatable' -...
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