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Is Ice Cream 'Addictive'?

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Did you ever keep going at a pint of Ben & Jerry's long after you knew you'd had enough? There may be a scientific reason for that. A new study suggests that ice cream is as powerful as a drug -- and might be addictive, ABC News reports.



"We believe that means the more an individual is consuming a high-fat, high-sugar and high-energy food, they develop a tolerance of it in a similar fashion that you see happening with drug addiction or alcohol addition," said researcher Kyle Burger of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, according to ABC News.

The researchers found that adolescents who ate more ice cream over a two-week period enjoyed milkshakes less -- and showed less activity in the area of the brain associated with reward, suggesting that the more you eat ice cream, the more you need to eat for your brain to realize that it's a tasty treat.

Sounds a bit like the effect of drugs on the brain, says Dr. Bob Gwyther, a professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

"Addicts exhibit behaviors that are harmful to themselves (and they know it), yet they continue to engage in the behavior," he told ABC News. "Picture someone standing in front of the refrigerator with a pint of ice cream, eating the entire carton, despite the fact that they are obese, diabetic or whatever." We've all been there ... now that you know the science, do you think ice cream might be addictive?
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  • Elizabeth 2012/05/07 22:34:21
    Yes
    Elizabeth
    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEES...
  • RasHooD 2012/04/12 13:58:36
    Yes
    RasHooD
    dont you start with the ice cream talk........good and nice photos down ther
    (i am salivaing)
  • thecutesttentacle 2012/03/11 03:19:54
    Yes
    thecutesttentacle
    so. good. nom nom nom :3
  • Krissy 2012/03/10 03:06:16
    Yes
    Krissy
    I Alreaady Kneew Thaat!!!
  • cloe xxx 2012/03/05 13:23:36
    Yes
    cloe xxx
    of corse xxx big ice cream big ice cream big ice cream big ice cream big ice cream big ice cream
  • Dave 007 2012/03/04 13:08:31
    No
    Dave 007
    I like it, but don't need to have all the time. Now if you ask if golfing is addictive, that would be interesting.
  • Julia 2012/03/02 22:57:47
    Yes
    Julia
    Ice cream may not necessarily be addictive but it sure is good
  • carlos 2012/03/01 19:10:12
    Yes
    carlos
    i eat ice cream every day and i can't stop.
  • Simmysimfreak 2012/03/01 16:55:22
    No
    Simmysimfreak
    not to me anyway...
  • rikonjohn 2012/03/01 05:51:30
    Yes
    rikonjohn
    Of course it's addictive!

    I mean jeez, what would be the point otherwise?
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/03/01 05:20:20
    Yes
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    Yea, and i love Chocolate shacks and vanilla Ice cream with Chocolate syrup on it.
    Every one has something that makes them happy and that's mine.

    If you don't like ice cream you need to go have yourself checked out because some thing is WRONG WITH U!!!!!!!!!
  • hope 2012/03/01 01:18:13 (edited)
    No
    hope
    meant to say yes sorry it is very addictive ice cream meant addictive ice cream
  • jennifer_55 2012/02/29 20:20:54
  • Skar 2012/02/29 13:08:34
    No
    Skar
    Although, there are people who will get addicted to just about anything
  • i love the cure!!! 2012/02/29 11:12:58
    No
    i love the cure!!!
    I love ice cream but I can say no to it
  • Danny Barker 2012/02/29 06:37:32
    Yes
    Danny Barker
    I just like ice cream esp. one call Moose Tracks can't stop at just one.
  • Pete 2012/02/29 05:28:31
    No
    Pete
    Developing a tolerance to something, the more you do it does not make it addictive. The more that somebody hurts me emotionally, the more tolerance I have for it. That does not make me addicted to emotional pain. That is just the nature of all experience. Addiction refers to chemical processes which make it more difficult to stop doing something the more that you do it. That is very different from having to do more of something to get the same result.
  • Ian 2012/02/29 05:15:25
    Yes
    Ian
    +1
    This explains a lot ☺
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/02/29 04:39:41
    No
    nothingbutthetruth
    No, not for me!
  • Ren 2012/02/29 04:32:46
    Yes
    Ren
    HELL YESS!!!!!
    i looove choclate cookies!! i eat it with soo much chocolate syrup, its bad, but its sooo goood!!
  • Tennessee3501 2012/02/29 03:52:54
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    From 1960 through 1965, I drove a Good Humor Truck during my summer vacations from College and Graduate School on Long Island, New York!
  • Mark Mercer 2012/02/29 03:45:06
    No
    Mark Mercer
    Hand crank your own, Exercise, and a snack! Nothing in it you didn't put there yourself.
  • Tsion506 2012/02/29 03:29:55
    Yes
    Tsion506
    +1
    On my 6th tub today...
  • Royo 2012/02/29 03:16:18
    No
    Royo
    Love ice cream, but I can't get addicted to it. I can stop after 1 or two scoops.
  • Greenbay 2012/02/29 02:57:28
    No
    Greenbay
    Addictive no delish yes
  • T 2012/02/29 01:30:41
    No
    T
    Not chemically (like cigarettes) anyways. If something isn't chemically addicting, then in my book; it's just peoples enjoying what is enjoyable.
  • ShamshirMkII 2012/02/29 01:10:40
    Yes
    ShamshirMkII
    Must...have...more...red...be...
  • Greenbay Shamshi... 2012/02/29 02:58:22
    Greenbay
    Lol
  • Kira Barrett 2012/02/28 23:33:29
    Yes
    Kira Barrett
    ice cream has always been my favorite food, and i have always thought it was addictive :)
  • Joker2874 2012/02/28 23:32:16
    Yes
    Joker2874
    For me..It dpends on the flavor..For instance,I love Blue Bunny's 'Berry Me Please'..OMG!
    That is sooo good..But damn that Wal-Mart took it out & put some chef guy's 'personal fa-vorite recipes & flavors..Bring back 'Berry Me Please', Wal-Mart !! I also like Hagen Daas
    Mango..Breyer's Snickers Ice Cream..Candy Cane..Hot Chocolate..Cinnamon flavored & old stand bys..Black Raspberry & Rainbow Sherbet..
  • santa6642 2012/02/28 22:32:20
    Yes
    santa6642
    Love it to pieces.
  • jule-sy 2012/02/28 21:43:24
    Yes
    jule-sy
    I don't like Ben and Jerry's but other brands are yummmmmm and I like Edy's the best!
  • SmithBandit 2012/02/28 21:02:42
    Yes
    SmithBandit
  • Wolfie 2012/02/28 20:43:27
    Yes
    Wolfie
    I love sweets so.... YES! ice cream ice cream love sweets anime ice cream
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/02/28 20:32:57
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    FOR ME YES........FOR OTHERS MAYBE NOT??????????????
  • Mark Me... Margare... 2012/02/29 03:48:16
    Mark Mercer
    It's just the other main food group....besides Bacon, and Chocolate.
  • George 2012/02/28 20:09:47
  • Drasher 2012/02/28 20:04:38
    No
    Drasher
    +1
    Psychologically, it can be. But anything can be psychologically addicting. There is nothing in ice cream that makes you any more likely to be addicted to it then reading, TV, etc. Calling a substance addicting means that it has properties, aside from just tasting good, that can hook a person.
  • Sunny Joe 2012/02/28 19:47:34
    No
    Sunny Joe
    Have some will power people
  • charles nelson 2012/02/28 19:47:25
    Yes
    charles nelson
    Being a recovering alcoholic I know its addictive, please I need help.

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