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Which foods may be addictive? The roles of processing, fat content, and glycemic load.

Frequent consumption of processed foods with high glycemic and fat content may increase the likelihood of developing addictive-like eating behaviors.

This study evaluated the foods that promote addictive-like eating behaviors. Researchers analyzed the responses of 504 participants to the Yale Food Addition Scale and the Forced Choice Task questionnaires. They observed that processed foods with high glycemic load and fat content promote addictive-like eating behaviors. The findings of this study show that food addiction is associated with highly processed fatty foods with high glycemic load.

Research Summary Information

  • 2015
  • Schulte EM, Avena NM, Gearhardt AN.
  • Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America. Department of Medicine, New York Obesity Research Center, Mount Sinai- St. Luke's Hospital, New York, New York, United States of America.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • This work was supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) DA-03123 (NA).
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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