While taking part in a fast at the very beginning of the year, one which required me to forgo meats, processed foods and any drinks other than water (and maybe 100 percent fruit juice), I found myself with the urge to snack early on. Trying my best to stay the course, I decided to try what I thought would be a healthy mix — peanuts and raisins. I would mix them in a napkin, and found that the combination was so delicious, it almost became a dessert for me. And while it should have been a harmless snack, even after my fast ended, it became something of a necessity.
I would buy a new carton of raisins and container of peanuts pretty much every week, and while I knew it was a lot, I didn’t realize it was becoming a problem until I went to the doctor. I stepped on the scale and had gained eight pounds since my fast ended, which was the last time I measured my weight. I knew almost immediately it was the peanuts and raisins, the three, sometimes four servings of each I would eat when I got home from work. Because aside from that, my meals were pretty light and dense with veggies.
What started as a healthy snack turned into the same old addiction I’d had to previous sweets and mindless snacking. I didn’t see it coming, but should have known better — too much of anything can be a bad thing.
It got me to thinking about all the foods we treat ourselves to, and how many of us can just have one slice, one serving, one scoop. But then there are others that we consume where one turns into three cups and a handful of chips transforms into the entire bag. To help you avoid falling into the usual addictive habits, it makes sense to know what foods are the most habit-forming. Once you know, you can be more careful about what you have in your home based on your tastes.
A study done by the University of Michigan late last year on 518 individuals, who were given a list of 35 foods, was able to identify 18 of the most addictive. We bring you 10, and as you might guess, the majority are processed. Hit the flip to see which ones you might want to be careful in the ways in which you consume, and here’s to mindful munching!
This cheesy mix of bread and tomato came in first place as most addictive.