Is food (any kind of food) addictive?


Food is not a drug and does not have a drug-effect on our bodies or minds -- not sugars, not ultra-processed foods, not fats, not carbohydrates, not any food you can name.

The concept that any type of food is addictive has no good science grounding that statement at all. Some neurological imaging has indicated that we release endocannabinoids when we consume ultra-processed foods, but we release those natural opioids when we eat pretty much anything we enjoy. I explain this fact usually using this example:

Referring to the natural release of endocannabinoids in our system as an addiction (because addictive substances bind to the same receptors) is like saying:

All babies drink some form of milk

Mrs. Jones nextdoor drinks some form of milk

Therefore Mrs. Jones is a baby.

It's called a faulty syllogism: If A=B and B=C then A must also equal C.

Drugs and alcohol are addictive in very specific neuro-chemical ways. They interfere with natural endocannabinoid release and reception. That sex can be classified as an addiction is contested within the neuroscientific communities for good reason -- it is likely more biochemically related to OCD than to chemical dependencies that arise from the interference with natural opioid systems.