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Study: Chocolate, BBQ addiction may be real

People who say they are addicted to chocolate or pizza may not be exaggerating, U.S.-based scientists said Tuesday. A brain scan study of normal, hungry people showed their brains lit up when they saw and smelled their favorite foods in much the same way as the brains of cocaine addicts when they think about their next snort.

“Food presentation significantly increased metabolism in the whole brain (by 24 percent) and these changes were largest in superior temporal, anterior insula, and orbitofrontal cortices,” they wrote.

Finally have some science behind the suspected link. But is it an ‘addiction’ or simply a controllable craving? That’s the real question left unanswered. Nobody knows what these brain results really mean.

Study: Chocolate, BBQ addiction may be real

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2018). Study: Chocolate, BBQ addiction may be real. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/study-chocolate-bbq-addiction-may-be-real/
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