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5 Most Addictive Foods - 6 Superfoods

Updated on July 22, 2016
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I am a dancer, choreologist, author on fitness and health, and Fellow of the Benesh Institute at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Child obesity is still on the increase.
Child obesity is still on the increase.

How easy is it to stop obesity and food addiction? Identify the 5 most harmful addictive foods and replace them with 6 superfoods. Bingo! But first, many of us must admit to being addicted to certain foods. Once you re-define the meaning of “junk food”, recognize the most addictive foods, and replace them with 6 delicious healthy alternatives, you will enjoy a rich diet of real living food and lose weight for life.

"But I can't stop binge eating, I'm always hungry!" I hear you say...

What is Binge Eating?

Binge Eating is the obsessive need of the body to acquire vital nutrition which cannot be found in junk food. While eating more and more and never being satisfied, you may actually be starving from malnutrition while growing fatter by the day. No wonder your body keeps craving for more and more food if the food you eat does not contain the vital nutritional ingredients your body needs to thrive on. So how can binge eating and food addiction be overcome?

What About our Health?

Diseases related to compulsive overeating or food addiction kill twice as many people every year as tobacco. Modern diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cancer, infertility, and Alzheimer's, are on the increase from compulsive overeating, binge eating, and food addiction leading to obesity. Everyone knows by now not to eat junk food. Less known is that junk food covers a much wider range of products on offer as "healthy" than you might think. The public needs to constantly scrutinize a food industry that values profits over public health.

You will always feel hungry, when the food you eat as no nutritious value.
You will always feel hungry, when the food you eat as no nutritious value.

Ignorance and Apathy

Ignorance and apathy towards obesity and food addiction is based on the misunderstanding that, unlike tobacco, alcohol or heroin, food is not addictive. This article is full of scientific evidence to the contrary. Just like tobacco and alcohol, factory farmed meat, milk, cheese, sugar, salt, and chocolate are now proven to be addictive. So why are there no public health warnings like “meat kills!” on meat packaging, or “dairy kills” or why not impose heavy taxes on cake, ice-cream, sweets and chocolate? Why not ban alcohol advertising? Which, incidentally ruins the healthcare institutions, with self inflicted injuries, but that is another story. In the meantime, all we can do is educate ourselves and our children to be informed. Watch the next video, which says it all.

Scientific Evidence

In the next video, Neal Barnard MD, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), discusses the science behind food addiction. Dr. Barnard also reveals how industry, aided by government, exploits these natural human cravings and encourages consumers to eat more and more addictive foods.

Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictive

Identifying the 5 Most Addictive Foods

Unfortunately, the term “junk food” is miss-understood. Junk food is, to most, associated with fast-food outlets, potato chips, chocolate, and sweetened soft drinks. But junk food is so much more than that. Anyone who is into healthy eating puts junk food onto a much wider scale. Junk food can now be re-defined as:

Junk Food: Any food that contains one or more of the five substances: processed

  1. meat
  2. dairy
  3. sugar
  4. salt
  5. chocolate

A lack of willpower is not to blame when you cannot stop eating and start binge eating.The above products release opiate-like substances that affect brain chemistry with a temporary “feel good factor” followed by a negative hang-over like down period craving for more. These foods cause the compulsive overeating disorder of binge eating or food addiction. Under this definition at least 80% of our supermarket shelves are filled with junk food which is highly addictive. So no wonder it is almost impossible to stop binge eating! Once you know you are addicted to certain foods, it is easier to start a detox and recovery program to deal with this growing food disorder. Let us examine each culprit food substance more closely.

1. Meat

British researchers found that opiate-blocking drugs, normally used to help heroin addicts recover, can also reduce the desire for meat. The incessant craving for meat comes from its chemical doping effects on the brain.

What is so Nice About Meat?
According to George D Pamplona-Roger, M.D., “The stimulant hypoxanthine is responsible for the satisfying and stimulating effects of meat, not its protein, vitamins, or minerals . Hypoxanthine is similar in chemical formula and effect as caffeine."

Drugs in Meat

From animals fed the wrong food, full of hormones and antibiotics, Intensively Farmed Meat is an addictive poison.
From animals fed the wrong food, full of hormones and antibiotics, Intensively Farmed Meat is an addictive poison.

2. Dairy

The consumption of cheese, sometimes nick-named as “the fat man’s candy”, has increased by 60% since the 1970’s when the public chose skimmed milk over full fat milk. What to do with the fat that the people did not want from the milk? It was turned into many more varieties and quantities of cheese on the supermarket shelves and used as additives to processed foods. Cheese eaten daily in the quantities consumed today ads so much to body weight, it is a major cause of the obesity pandemic.

Don't be Cheesy

Cheese - the leftovers from full-fat milk.
Cheese - the leftovers from full-fat milk. | Source


The main protein in milk and cheese is called casein. As you digest casein, it breaks apart to release opiates, called casomorphins, casein-based morphine-like chemicals. Soon after we eat a bite of cheese, these chemicals enter the bloodstream and attach themselves to opiate receptors in the brain. Designed for a nursing calf or lamb, casomorphins provide a useful “feel-good”sensation to baby mammals so they come back to mother for more. A baby mammal is weaned pretty soon, so the fat, cholesterol and sodium in milk are not a problem. Once weaned, the baby mammal stops drinking milk and moves on to a more appropriate diet of grass to help it grow strong and healthy.

Why Drink Milk Then?
Humans are wrongly encouraged to continue drinking milk, and eating yoghurt and cheese for life. Except for newborns, who need that exclusive maternal boost to help the digestive system develop, humans do not need dairy.

Calcium can be found in abundance in the white centre part of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach and most root and green vegetables.


How Much Dairy, Do You Eat?

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3. Sugar

As sugar touches your taste buds, it sends nerve impulses to the brain, triggers the release of opiates, and makes you want to come back for more. Like heroin or morphine, these opiates can get you addicted on whatever food contains them. Even stronger than sugar is a combination of sugar and fat. Mixing sugar and butter as in cakes, biscuits and pies causes even worse addiction than sugar by itself.

No Sugar

Sugar triggers the release of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. Like a weaker versions of heroin or morphine
Sugar triggers the release of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. Like a weaker versions of heroin or morphine | Source

Sugar Addicted Rats

Psychologists at Princeton University studying whether laboratory rats could become addicted to sugar water containing the same percentage of sugar as in most soft drinks, found that, over time, the rats drank “more and more and more” while eating less of their usual diet. Upon stopping the intake of sugar, the rats suffered withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, shakes and tremors, following reductions in the levels of dopamine in the brain, similar to those seen in animals on addictive drugs.

Proof in the Sweet Pudding

Why test on rats when the evidence is so clear in obese humans already!
Why test on rats when the evidence is so clear in obese humans already!

4. Salt

Why is eating too much salt bad for you?

Too much salt causes water retention and weight gain and leads to high blood pressure. The long term effect of consuming too much salt is hypertension. Hypertension can lead to depression and heart related problems. All processed foods contain far too much salt to hide the taste of added sugar. Pubs sell salted crisps and peanuts to make people more thirsty so drink more alcohol.

Use salt in small amounts and only use low sodium or no-sodium salts like natural sea salts.

Salt Makes You Drink More Alcohol

Use good, unprocessed salt sparingly.
Use good, unprocessed salt sparingly.

5. Chocolate

By using the medication "naloxone" a drug normally used to treat heroin overdose victims, University of Michigan researchers have shown that chocolate is addictive. Naloxone stops heroin from attaching to receptors on brain cells. The same drug was given to people who binge on chocolate. After injecting the drug intravenously, the chocolate addicts were offered a box of chocolate but were not interested. This proves that the craving for chocolate is not only in the taste buds. Chocolate, like sugar, interferes with brain chemistry, triggering the same receptors as in heroin addicts. When researchers block the brain’s response to opiates with naloxone, much of chocolate’s attraction is gone.

Chocolate is Addictive

Enjoy a little chocolate in moderation, for that special occasion without getting addicted.
Enjoy a little chocolate in moderation, for that special occasion without getting addicted. | Source

Detox and Recovery from Food Addiction

Smokers and alcoholics find that the only way to lose an addiction is to quit cold turkey, rather than torture themselves with moderation. The same counts with food addiction. When you’re trying to break any habit, the bad habit has to be replaced with a good habit. Like ex-smokers, more and more people quit eating addictive junk foods, and have ended up feeling so much healthier and happier as a result. Over a period of a few weeks, one at a time, all addictive foods can be completely eliminated from the diet and be replaced by superfoods. A good start is to get a juicer to easily prepare the real nutrition your body needs.

KitchenAid KVJ0111WH Maximum Extraction Juicer, White
KitchenAid KVJ0111WH Maximum Extraction Juicer, White

A better way to satisfy your cravings for chocolate, biscuits, cakes, or sweets and sugary drinks is to make fresh organic fruit-shakes with your raw-food juicer. The KitchenAid Maximum Extraction Juicer (slow juicer) gives you more juice with less prep work, featuring a patented two-stage blade and auger (drill) system and wide chute. Unlike other juicers, the KitchenAid KVJ0111WH comes with 3 pulp screens for low pulp, high pulp and even fine sauces. Perfect for hard, soft or leafy fruits and vegetables.


What can we do About Obesity and Food Addiction?

Nothing will change in the food industry until we, the consumer, boycott all addictive foods and drinks. That includes all meat and dairy products, white bread, pizzas, cheese boards, yogurt, milk-shakes, ice creams, breakfast cereals (except unprocessed muesli with real fruit juice instead of milk, yum,yum), biscuits, crackers and chips, as well as all sugared juices and drinks. In short, all processed and packaged-for-long-shelf-life foods must go on your no-no list of junk foods.

Help! What Can we Eat then?

You can get all the protein, calcium, iron, in short, all the vitamins and minerals your body needs from a fruit, nuts, pulses and vegetables based diet. There are many healthy alternatives to all those addictive foods that make you binge for more. Just pick your pick from the 6 superfoods listed below.

Delicious Mushroom Bourguignon


6 Superfoods

  1. Green vegetables, carrots and mushrooms
  2. Nuts and dried fruits like figs, dates and raisins
  3. Humus and other foods made from pulses or beans
  4. Bananas to bind cake instead of eggs
  5. Avocado
  6. Honey or maple syrup instead of sugar

Enlarge the picture to see the details.
Enlarge the picture to see the details.

The Superfood Pyramid

The superfood pyramid clearly illustrates the danger zones of food addiction. It will help you eat the optimum amount of fruits, vegetables and even pasta to prevent inflammation and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. But the best part is that you will stop having those cravings that cause binge eating. And... you won’t have to cut out things like red wine and chocolate completely. Both can be good for you in moderation.

How to Stop Binge Eating?

If you want to stop being addicted to food, lose weight fast, and get healthy and happy again, replace all addictive foods with the healthy superfoods listed above.These six super healthy foods certainly are not addictive. And just because they are truly nutritious, they will not make you crave and crave because your body is not fed properly. You will stop eating when you have had your fill. So you will eat less and you won't feel "hungry" all the time because the cravings for binge eating caused by malnutrition (wrong nutrition) will have disappeared.

Organic meat, vegetarian or vegan food are the only safe solution to food addiction.
Organic meat, vegetarian or vegan food are the only safe solution to food addiction.

The Good News

With a total disregard for human health, focusing on profits only, the food industry continues tweaking their evil products with addictive poisonous chemicals that cause cancer and compulsive over-eating disorders like food addiction. The good news is that with a growing network of grass-roots web education, the public is finally beginning to wake up and take responsibility for their own health. If we boycott the culprit foods, their market will vanish. Power to the consumer!

Grow your own vegetables if possible.
Grow your own vegetables if possible.

Grow your Own

On the up side, public awareness on food addiction is steadily increasing.

Growing numbers of locally managed, small scale, co-operative farmers’ markets, run by friendly neighbors and volunteers, are popping up like mushrooms all over the obese world in inner cities and villages alike.

More and more conscientious families are beginning to grow their own food.

The Food Revolution

Green patches along railway lines are used as allotments in large cities. People grow vegetables on roofs, balconies and even up the wall of their houses. People are starved of real food. With so many alternatives available today, it should be easy to stop eating junk food. Once you boycott the 5 most addictive foods and replace them with the 6 superfoods, detox and recovery from binge eating and food addiction only takes a few weeks. For our own health and survival, we can and must, together, put the likes of MacDonald, Kentucky, Coca-Cola, and Monsanto out of business.

Still need convincing that you can do it? Then read the following riddle to see that, ultimately, all the power to change is in your own hands.

Habits make you who you are.
Habits make you who you are. | Source

To Conclude

Now that you know which are the 5 most addictive foods and how they can be replaced with 6 superfoods, the ball is in your court. Good luck on your slimming journey, and please share your progress in taking responsibility for your own health by participating in the discussion with a comment below. Any questions, will be answered to the best of our collective knowledge.


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      Michelle Zunter 21 months ago from California

      I like this one! It's right where I'm at right now with abandoning foods that really have no use for my body other than damaging it. Nice job - great layout. ;)

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      Juliette Kando 2 years ago from Andalusia

      Wow gloriousconfusion, you could leave a chocolate bar in a drawer for weeks without eating it. That's amazing! Addiction is often just a chronic habit that can be changed.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      processed food, salt and sugar are definitely a no no food. voted up

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      meat and cheese and fastfood should be reduced, that way losing weight isn't hard at all

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I didn't realize I was addicted to chocolate until I actually stopped eating it for a while, and then discovered that I didn't crave chocolate every day like I did before, and could leave a chocolate bar in a drawer for weeks without eating it. It was a very surprising discovery.

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      Juliette Kando 2 years ago from Andalusia

      How right you are Perspycacious. Guilt is not going to help anyone. Being informed will.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I think I can blame the lack of comments on the guilt feelings this Hub causes. Now I know even more clearly why chocolate chip cookies with their fat and chocolate are so addictive. This is a great article/Hub all Hubbers should read, and then take a moment to reaffirm with their comments!

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      Juliette Kando 4 years ago from Andalusia

      Thanks for dropping by DDE.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent ideas here for living the healthy way

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      Juliette Kando 4 years ago from Andalusia

      Thank you for reading Sarifearnbd, come back soon.

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      Shariful Islam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Good article. Thanks Sharing this.