Is Ice Cream Really as Addictive as Cocaine?

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ice cream addictionOh boy, lovers of all things dairy and dessert. A new study shows that ice cream and cocaine create the same cravings in your brain. That search for the 'high' is also the same in cocaine addicts and hardcore lovers (addicts?) of ice cream. Additionally, ice cream eaters and coke snorters alike have to keep upping their consumption in order to recreate that initial feeling of euphoria. While cocaine addicts will gradually become broke and malnourished, ice cream addicts will see their diabetes risk and waist line increase.

I'm thinking I'd rather binge on the cocaine. Kidding! Sort of. Still, I just don't know how we're supposed to react to this news. Set up a Betty Ford Ice Cream Treatment Center? 

I'm not making light of addiction. And I realize there is an Overeaters Anonymous organization and you can be addicted to a myriad of things, and need serious help for that addiction. That's not what I'm talking about here. What I'm wondering is: Should we be treating ice cream like an addictive and dangerous substance? Because that seems weird.

The study shows that all junk food can be addictive. As someone who gets crazy sometimes when I drive by In 'N' Out, I can totally see how this would be true. But to most people (again, not people who struggle with addiction), you just keep on driving unless you're underweight and looking to go on the "cheeseburger-a-day" diet.

My husband loves ice cream more than anyone I know. But he doesn't eat it every day. Maybe he really, really, wants to though, and now this information will help keep his ice cream cravings in check. It's easy to say, "Just don't buy it," when we're talking about avoiding the trappings of ice cream addiction. But if you've got a real problem, the will power solution is not the answer.

Check out OA if this sounds painfully familiar. Otherwise, just remember you're dealing with a dangerous substance the next time Ben or Jerry try to sell you a pint.

Are you addicted to ice cream?


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godde... goddess99

I'm not addicted Only because I can't find my fav flavor anymore =(

GlowW... GlowWorm889

No, but that's probably because I'm lactose intolerant and can't eat much of it. :P

Melis... Melissa042807

I was during my first pregnancy. Chocolate-peanut butter ice cream every night! :-)

nonmember avatar Gina

there is nothing better on this planet than ice cream. i definitely think i have the potential to be "addicted"- and i got this from my father! we always say that when we're finished with an ice cream cone, we ALWAYS could go for a second. we dont, but i guess that's the difference between ice cream addiction and cocaine?

cocob... cocobeannns

Oh man. Chocolate peanut butter ice cream sounds like heaven!

Rushn311 Rushn311

I am not addicted to ice cream. I haven't had it in weeks. But junk food in general is addicting for me. :/

climb... climbz4coffee

Not addicted and I could have sworn I would finally start liking it once I became pregnant! But it still makes me cold lol

emmas... emmasmama2007

People can be addicted to just about anything. I love ice cream, you bet I eat it all the time during the summer lol, sometimes I crave and have some when it snows. But I'm not addicted :-) lol

Disney17 Disney17

Once I start eating something terribly bad for me but oh so delicious, it's so hard to stop! So yes, haha!

lalas... lalasmama2007

No, I'm not, but my SO has recently become addicted! Lol

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