Seems certain food can have the same effect, and be just as addictive, as drugs. Sugar releases dopamine into the brain, which touches the “pleasure molecule“ quicker that fruits or vegetables. Over time, the desire to eat more salty french fries or ice cream and soda literally begins to hijack pathways to the brain, like cocaine or opiates, in order to stimulate more dopamine, to feel good. “Foods can have a drug like effects in the brain and cause compulsive overuse and food addiction, says, Mark Gold, chairman of the psychiatry at the University of Florida.
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