Study Dubs Iconic 'Boston Cream Pie' As A "Gateway To Obesity Food"

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - The Boston Cream Pie is being shamed as a "gateway food to obesity," according to a new study that looked at specific foods that can trigger the consumer, sending them spiraling into unhealthy eating habits.

Researchers at Drug Genius asked 3,000 Massachusetts residents and found 13 percent admit that eating just one slice of Boston cream pie is enough to send them down a path of unhealthy eating.

"I'd say yeah, I'd say it's pretty diet breaking." Alex told WBZ's James Rojas outside Bova Bakery.

Originating in Boston, the culinary creation dates back to 1856, when the dish was first created and served at the grand opening of Boston's Parker House, now known as Omni Parker House. French Chef Sanizian was hired for the opening and is credited with the iconic dessert.

In 1996, the Boston cream pie was proclaimed the official Massachusetts State Dessert on December 12. A civics class from Norton High School sponsored the bill. The pie beat out other candidates, including the toll house cookie and Indian pudding.

As for the other New England states, their guilty pleasures aren't surprising. Maine's triggering dessert is Whoopie Pies, New Hampshire opts for Apple Cider Donuts, Rhode Island's got their Doughboys and Vermonters pick the Maple Creemee.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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