When exposed to foods like bacon, cheesecake and ho-ho’s, rats elicit the same behavior as that caused by heroin addiction.
According to a recent article in Science News, pleasure centers in the brains of rats addicted to high-fat, high-calorie diets became less responsive as the binging wore on, making the rats consume more and more food.
“This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neurobiological underpinnings,” says study coauthor Paul Johnson of the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida.
This parallels my own experience with a serious sugar addiction. Once I stopped consuming it completely for a few months, my addiction was cured. Everything tastes too sweet to me now and I’m rarely hungry.