Fast food is not just unhealthy fashion, it can even make us addicted, like a new study discovered now. Symptoms of abstinence should be as severe as drug withdrawal.
Fans of junk food who suddenly lose potato chips, hamburgers and Co. suffer from the same drug withdrawal symptoms as a new study published in the journal Appetite has discovered.
Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, have discovered that the "cold retreat" of foods high in food such as fast food causes the same physical and mental symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, alcohol or marijuana.
These include headaches, nervousness, restlessness, difficulty getting in and out of sleep and mood swings.
According to their own statements, the subjects suffered more from symptom problems between the second and fifth day after the last meal with fast food.
"This is the exact time when drug addicts are going through the most difficult stages of their retreat," said Erica Schulte, a psychology student at the University of Michigan, in an interview with Live Science.
That's how the study went
Scientists developed a new questionnaire based on what he evaluates the abstinence symptoms of drug addicts and presented him to 200 study participants who had tried to do without fast food in the last year.
"The results show that it can be sensible to eliminate foods that are heavily transformed by the nutritional plan, because they can obviously make them engaging," says Schulte.
This study is one of the first to recognize direct relationships between certain foods and an addiction.
So far, it is only known that highly processed and high-sugar foods can cause changes in the brain similar to those that cause alcohol or drug addiction.