Scientists from the Universities of Michigan and Virginia warn against eating chips, ice cream and crackers and say highly processed foods are just as addictive as cigarettes.
Scientists called the food addictive, and the results of the study were published in the journal Addiction.
According to the study, highly processed foods are addictive, and among these foods are potato chips, ice cream, chicken nuggets, crackers, and french fries.
The researchers came to this conclusion using “addiction criteria” that fall under smoking addiction.
Regular consumption of unhealthy processed foods can lead to overeating as foods like nicotine affect mood and health.
In addition to products meeting the same addiction criteria as nicotine, products have also been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.
Scientists point to the reclassification of highly processed foods as addictive and harmful to the brain, have addictive properties or ingredients, or cause cravings.
The researcher, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, said the products are very similar to cigarettes and addictive substances due to their taste and texture being far removed from natural products.
Source: RIA Novosti