#10 Cheese, Bacon, and Fried Chicken
The top ten is rounded out by a few foods that are very similar in addictiveness. Cheese, bacon and fried chicken will all draw you in with lots of starchiness – and even more fat. The foods that placed just after these are similar: rolls and buttered popcorn are also oozing with grease and fat.
Despite our protestations to the contrary, cake is one of the most addictive and destructive foods. Cake has plenty of processed sugar and fat. As a result, one slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting has a whopping 506 calories and 22 grams of fat.
Americans consume about 40 gallons of soda per person every year. That’s as good an indication as any that the soda is super addictive. Of the 6 tablespoons of sugar we eat every day, half of them come from soda. Since soda is linked with high blood pressure, cancer and obesity, it’s probably a good time to stop.
We all love cheeseburgers, mostly because the burger contains the fat, carbs and cheese that our bodies crave. A Burger King cheeseburger has 270 calories, with 12 grams of fat, and 630 mg of salt. The salt only makes you want more salt, which is a very bad thing.
#6 French Fries
French fries are quite addictive. They contain acrylamide, which according the FDA says is linked to some kinds of cancer in animals. Fried foods are addictive but not healthy. McDonald’s fries have an enormous 510 calories and 24 grams of fat.
#5 Ice Cream
We all scream of ice cream, but it’s got a lot of saturated fat. That’s because it is made mostly of cream and milk. A single serving of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream contains 230 calories and 14 grams of fat, and theirs is not even the worst perpetrator.
Studies found that cookies are the fourth most addictive foods. One study found that Oreo cookies were as addictive as cocaine when given to rats. Some may dispute the study, but there is a correlation between the way drugs make your brain react and the way your brain responds to sugar.
Potato chips are some of the most hard to resist foods on the planet. A 2013 meeting of the American Chemical Society found that when subjects were given the choice between potato chips and their regular food, they overwhelmingly chose potato chips. That’s because chips had a marked effect on their brain behavior. A study involving rats showed that chips made rates eat to excess for pleasure, rather than to satisfy hunger cravings.
Although chocolate has health benefits, it is #2 on the addiction ranking scale. A Drexel University study found that chocolate gives people a similar kind of craving and pleasure that they get from taking drugs.
Pizza is one of the most popular food in the U.S. According the Department of Agriculture, on any given day, 13% of the U.S. population eats pizza. That’s clearly an addictive mix of cheese, carbs and meat. Unfortunately, a slice contains a whopping 300 calories and about 10 grams of fat. This increases exponentially as you add processed meats and other toppings.