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Ice Cream as Addictive as Cocaine?

A recent study from the Oregon Research Institute has claimed that eating high fat and sugary foods such as ice cream can be as addicting as drugs! After testing 151 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 responses to Chocolate Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Milkshakes, researchers found that participants felt like they needed to eat more and more ice cream to achieve a “euphoria” feeling similar to their first bite.

There’s good arguments out there that claim that junk food such as ice cream can be just as bad as drugs on your health, but to say it’s addicting is rather outrageous. If you’re an ice cream lover, please don’t read this and go out thinking you need to check into rehab. Enjoying ice cream in our culture is primarily seen as a treat. Consumption is greater in times of happiness or woe, and emotional associations is a major reason why ice cream taste and “feels” so good.

[via huffingtonpost.co.uk]

By Lucia Phan

Lucia Phan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Food & City Culture and Environmental Economics. She is the founder of Banana Slug Edibles, where she bakes specialty cakes and cupcakes for patients in Orange County & Los Angeles. In her free time she likes to collect recipes and will forever be searching for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe known to man.

1 reply on “Ice Cream as Addictive as Cocaine?”

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