High calorie foods trigger sense of satisfaction

9 May 2013

New healthcare research has revealed that brains are hard-wired to crave calorie-dense food.

The study, conducted by a team of experts from Yale University, was carried out over three weeks. Throughout that time, scientists closely analysed the brain’s reaction to different types of food. Volunteers were asked to sample what they believed were artificially sweetened drinks, when in fact some were full-sugar, and others were calorie-free. The group tended to favour the regular soda, following reactions in the brain that triggered feelings of satisfaction. Interestingly, this response is in no way linked to actual enjoyment - the reaction happened whether or not subjects liked the full-sugar drink more.

This reaction in the brain could explain why dieting is so difficult for countless Britons. Overeating may be triggered by chemicals released in the brain, which tends to prefer high fat, calorie-laden foods.

If your eating habits have gotten out of hand, or if you have a BMI between 27 and 35, consider gastric balloon insertion to get your weight down to a manageable level.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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