The Addiction Potential of Hyperpalatable Foods

Author(s): Ashley N. Gearhardt, Caroline Davis, Rachel Kuschner, Kelly D. Brownell

Journal Name: Current Drug Abuse Reviews
Continued as Current Drug Research Reviews

Volume 4 , Issue 3 , 2011


Scientific interest in “food addiction” continues to grow due both to neurobiological and behavioral similarities between substance dependence and excessive food consumption. An important next step is to examine the addictive potential of highly processed foods. In this paper, we explore addiction-related changes in the modern food environment (e.g., increased potency, elevated speed of absorption), examine the historical and modern understanding of addictive substances as applied to hyperpalatable foods, and outline shared factors that increase the public health costs of both addictive drugs and certain foods.

Keywords: Food addiction, food environment, high fructose corn syrup, obesity, substance dependence, withdrawal, processing, public health, Rats, Cocaine

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Year: 2011
Published on: 01 March, 2012
Page: [140 - 145]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1874473711104030140
Price: $58

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