Junk food may be addictive
- By: Balaji Rangarajan
Eating junk food may be addictive, claims recent American research. This comes in the light of recent law suits against fast food restaurants for health problems related to obesity.
Scientists in the United States have shown that rats given a diet containing one quarter sugar have cravings for sugar once they are denied of it. The rats showed symptoms of anxiety, including chattering teeth and shaking, which are similar to those seen in people with nicotine or morphine withdrawal. “The implication is that some animals, and by extension some people, can become overly dependent on sweet food,” stated John Hoebel, a psychologist at Princeton University in New Jersey.
The research implies that hamburgers, chips, and other snacks rich in calories may be similar to heroin and other drugs in the way they bring about addiction. Fatty junk food may produce hormonal changes and centrally increase the release of opioids. The