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Ice Cream IS Addictive

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A recent research study has proven what many food addicts have claimed for years: ice cream can be addicting.

According to The Telegraph, a study performed by the Oregon Research Institute showed that ice cream does in fact have “addictive properties.” For the study, researchers interviewed 151 teenagers between ages 14 and 16 about their eating habits and food cravings. Before consuming any real ice cream, each teen was given a brain scan with a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine while looking at a picture of a milkshake. The teens were then given chocolate milkshakes that contained real Häagen Dazs ice cream.

The researchers say that there is some science behind their findings.

Dr. Burger said this reaction could be due to lower levels of dopamine being released in the brain. He told The Telegraph, “You could be continually trying to match the earlier experience.” This would lead people to eat more ice cream in an effort to achieve maximum pleasure, just as drug addicts continue to need more and more drugs to reach the original state of pleasure. “The more an individual uses a drug, the less reward they receive from using it”, stated Dr. Burger. Apparently the same goes for ice cream.

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