ARE foods addictive?

I just took part in a discussion on LinkedIn’s group for Intuitive Eating Professionals, centered around this question:  “ ARE foods addictive? And if there is some validity to this, how do we reconcile this with Intuitive Eating?”

I responded:  “
I wrote a little blog about a study done by Professor Bart Hoebel, the world’s leading researcher on sugar addiction. He worked with mouse models for more than 50 years.  He found that sugar is indeed addicting to rats, and about humans he said, ‘Rat studies cannot be applied to humans,’ and ‘food addiction is much milder than drug addiction.’ Humans are are subject to complex psychological and socio-economic factors, alongside the physical. If you want to read the blog, it is Addicted to Sugar at Calorie Count.”  It is one of my favorite blogs. I remember feeling inspired to write it. I love Bart Hoebel. I love the little mouse.

Also, I want to add that the original question for the Intuitive Eating Professionals group was prompted by this Bloomberg News article, Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science. On that, I say the writer is mixing his fats and sugars (because they come that way.) And the mind is a powerful thing, as previously noted.

Your thoughts: Is food addictive to you?