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5 Most Addictive & Unhealthy Foods

5 Most Addictive & Unhealthy Foods

We all eat unhealthy foods… sometimes.

But to be addicted is another story. Some foods are a losing battle, as their chemical composition urges you to eat and crave more and more, loading on the sugar and calories. Here are 5 highly addictive foods to limit, alter, or stay away from altogether.

Oreos. Or Chips Ahoy or Cheez-Its, or really any other processed cookie or baked good. Blame your inability to eat just one serving on the high amount of high-fructose corn syrup in these products. High quantities of high-fructose corn syrup act like a drug in your brain, eerily similar to cocaine, and is a heavyweight contributor in the global obesity epidemic. If you are going to eat cookies, buy from a reputable bakery or bake them at home so you can control the quantity and quality of everything that goes in.

Caffeinated soda. Welcome to the land of high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine! Itís a perfect storm of chemicals to induce a highly unnatural energy high. Sodas like Coca-Cola are highly addicting because they induce a surge of feel-good energy and overload of sweetness. Letís not forget that these sodas contain far more than your RDA of sugar at 200 calories a pop! Drink one, crave more. Over the long term, this helpless cycle of high consumption leads to obesity and physical and mental disease. Opt for more natural options without caffeine and high-fructose corn syrup, or try a refreshing glass of coconut water or fruit infused seltzer.

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White bread. White bread is pure, high GI sugar. There is little fiber to slow down its absorption into the bloodstream, so youíll be on a little feel-good sugar high for a bit. Unfortunately, once the body is on a high, it wants more of it, so you eat more and more of those tasty dinner rolls in a perpetual urge for satisfaction. All the while, youíll be expanding your waistline and spoiling your healthy dinner. Go for whole grains and remember that wheat is not the only grain out there. Try quinoa, spelt or millet in your weekly loaf.

Chips & fries. These 2 iterations of fried potatoes go hand in hand. Salty, greasy, and loaded with high glycemic carbs, fried white potato is a hard habit to break. But, perhaps thinking about it in these terms will help: The same gene group that regulates your salt appetite actually regulates cocaine addiction.†Save traditional chips and fries for special occasions, and instead go for baked vibrant sweet potatoes paired with protein for a richer antioxidant profile and a lower GI.

Ice cream. If you are in the habit of buying a couple of pints of ice cream at the supermarket every week, it might be time to quit that habit. Most supermarket brands are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, low quality dairy ingredients, and are lacking in flavor. With all of the sugar in these cartons, it is far too easy to eat more than the recommended half cup serving. Save ice cream as a treat from your favorite local shop, or, even more exciting, try making your own. Some stand mixers have ice cream-maker attachments that work wonders. Coconut milk ice cream sweetened with fresh berries, raw honey, and vanilla anyone?

Banish those addictions. The inner labyrinth of the supermarket is loaded with these deceptive delights. Avoid them, and try to cut high-fructose corn syrup and highly refined carbs from your diet completely. Youíll soon notice your incessant, insatiable cravings diminish. Plus, youíll feel great by turning to pure, whole foods in their stead.

What highly addictive junk food do you have a weakness for?

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at†jordyncormier.com.

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4:50AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Irresistable to avoid

6:55AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

I can do without all but potato chips, I buy the olive oil ones, delicious and somewhat better for you!

10:47AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Good to know. I don't drink soda. I can live without ice cream, white bread , oreos and French fries, but potato chips I have to have. Nothing satisfies like a salty greasy crisp fry.

7:39AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

5:20AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Soy

5:03PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Fortunately, I do not like overly sweet things and if I do eat a bought cookie, end up wishing I hadn't because it is far too sweet. I definitely do not like sodas or white bred. Chips once in a while, yes. Ice cream I do like but seldom buy it to take home - once a year to have for dessert at Christmas. Once in a while during the summer months I will buy an ice cream cone and that satisfies me. My downfall, which is really a good thing, is 85% organic dark chocolate, though I don't eat that in excess either. And I love almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds. They can satisfy a craving for snack food. @Lucy - I also love olives.

6:03PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Most of us get cravings for unhealthy snacks. When that happens to me, I eat a few olives and that covers my craving!

11:58AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thank you :)

3:33AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

To consume these foods on occasion is fine. Moderation is always the key.

Tell yourself you are the one in control of your life and you will not let anything become an addiction. You are in control of your life not a potato chip, etc. Once you change your mind you will change your world. Simply make the decision to do it.

1:30PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

That's a West of Scotland breakfast.

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