Bacon and Chocolate: Science Explains Why We Can’t Get Enough

By Dana Leigh Smith

The average advertising campaign is riddled with lies and stretched truths.

Which is why it’s nearly impossible to forget Lay's "No one can eat just one!" campaign—never before had a tagline rung so true. No matter how health-conscious you may be or how much willpower you think you’ve got, odds are good you’ll struggle to cut yourself off after opening a bag of chips—and it’s not your fault. Recent research findings out of the University of Michigan found that when people start eating a highly-processed, fat- and starch-laden food, it’s extremely difficult to stop.

To come to these findings, scientists had over 500 research participant's fill out one of two questionnaires. The first form asked questions about addictive-like eating behaviors, while the other asked participants how difficult it was to practice portion control while consuming foods from a provided list. Sure, it’s no major shocker that chips, chocolate, French fries and cookies are associated with problematic, addiction-like eating behaviors, but you may be surprised to learn that cereal, muffins, dinner rolls, cheese and bacon also topped the list of addictive foods. Now that you know, you may want to keep them off your plate if you’re looking to slim down or tend to struggle with portion control.

Curious which foods were found to be the least addictive? Beans, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, brown rice, bananas, salmon, corn, apples, strawberries and eggs all earned a spot on that list.