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Addiction from the first bite. Scientists have named products that should be equated to drugs

Research shows that some products cause the same addiction like cigarettes or cocaine.

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Donuts, pizza, cereals, sodas – all these foods are extremely tasty and also dangerous for our health. In a new study, scientists have concluded that ultra-processed foods can be safely put on a par with drugs and cigarettes – they harm the body and cause addiction, writes the Daily Mail.

A team of researchers led by University of Michigan psychology professor Ashley Gierhardt, PhD, has concluded that ultra-processed foods, which include chips, baked goods, candy, cereals, donuts, sodas, and more, are high in artificial flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners. .

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All this makes them extremely tasty, but also high in calories, fat, sugar or salt, which increases the risk of obesity or the development of a number of other diseases. As a result, scientists have concluded that all this makes the “goodies” more like drugs, because in fact they are far from natural in taste and texture.

According to a professor of health behavior research at Virginia Tech University Alexandra Difelicantoni, all of these products have been perfectly designed to bring sugar and fat into our bodies. In addition, they are addictive, along with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

Studies show that in the United States, for example, such products make up about 50% of the total diet of local residents. They also cause obesity, make people more at risk of developing cancers such as colorectal and kidney cancer, Alzheimer's disease and others. Regular consumption of such foods will lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, which in turn will result in diabetes.

Researchers note that more research will be needed to understand how junk food affects the brain. However, today we can already say that these quick “hit” are similar to how nicotine, alcohol and cocaine act on our entire body.

As a result, scientists insist that ultra-processed foods should be reclassified as drugs, since they cause the same harm to human health and cause addiction.

Note that scientists did not talk about a complete ban on donuts, chips, cereals and other products, but they believe that their ads should be published with the same marks as and advertising cigarettes.