Is that food addicting?

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We’ve all had food cravings and rarely does celery top the list. It is foods high in fat or sugar, or highly processed foods that are often on our minds and a new University of Michigan study finds that these foods seem to trigger the most addictive-like response.

The reality of a food or type of food being addictive is still under debate, although some individuals meet the criteria for substance dependence when the substance is food. It might be that some people are more sensitive to the rewarding properties of these foods.

The study is important because identifying specific foods with addictive properties could change the way obesity is treated—adopting methods used to stop smoking and drug use.

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