New Study: food as addictive as drugs

– The magazine “Journal of Neuroscience” has recently published a study that shows that food for some people can be as addictive as drugs and alcohol.

The magazine states that a team of researchers from the University of Texas’ Psychology Department studied, for 6 months, the brain function of 26 obese or overweight women that were during the study offered two types of milkshakes: one that was tasty and with calories and another one that was tasteless and calorie-free.

Through magnetic resonance the study shows that those women who ingested larger amounts of bland drinks and gained weight were those whose brains showed least activity of the brain area associated with palatable meals.

This has an explanation, according to the news published by elmundo.es: “It is a mechanism very similar to drugs,” said Francisco Perez Jimenez, head of the Biomedical Research Center, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn). “For those people in which food ingestion produces least satisfaction, they tend to gain more weight because they are prone to ingest more in order to obtain that feeling of satisfaction that is controlled by the brain” he adds.

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