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It might be more evidence that there is such a thing as food addiction. I caught a study on the website of Harvard Medical School. Using brain imaging, this study suggests that high glycemic foods may trigger the same brain mechanism as substance abuse.
HMS professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and his team found that consuming highly processed, rapidly digested carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings.
The results suggest that limiting high glycemic index foods or "bad carbs" like white bread and potatoes, can help obese people avoid overeating.
Ludwig says beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive.
Using MRI imaging, researchers studied blood glucose levels and hunger to observe brain activity during the crucial four hour period after a meal which influences eating behavior at the next meal.
Can people be addicted to food? It appears so.
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