Cravings and Weight Gain from 6 Foods

Cookies, like chocolate, wine, and shopping, are enjoyable triggers that drive human behavior. Even if we don't, they tell our hypothalamus, the brain's old reward center, we need them for survival. We don't. Try telling yourself that after three Thin Mints.

French Fries & Soda

The worst craving triggers are hyper-processed foods heavy in calories, added sugars, salt, and saturated fat.


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White Pasta, Bread

You go back for seconds after eating pasta. The same reason you add additional Lucky Charms to your dish with leftover milk. 

Jelly Doughnut

When you bite into a jelly doughnut or Boston Crème, you experience a blast of flavor and creamy goodness. That mouthfeel "increases pleasure and makes us want more.


Candy is also known for making you want to keep eating Gumi Bears and M&Ms. High fructose corn syrup candies may be the worst for weight loss.

Ice Cream

The bliss point is the ideal sweetness, saltiness, and creaminess that makes food appealing.

Spicy Cheese Puff

Many of the spiciest chips, including Flamin' Hot Cheetos, which some consider the most addicting salty snack item, have more.

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