Brain Scans Suggest ‘Food Addiction’ Might Be Real

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied the “truth” behind “food addiction”. Researches have enrolled 12 men, who were either overweight or obese. Participants were assigned to a two milkshake “meal” that had the same amount of calorie, taste and sweetness. However one had a high glycemic index carbohydrates (HGIC), and the other one had low glycemic index carbohydrates (LGIC). The study used MRI assessing a four hour postprandial brain activity, in addition to blood sugar and hunger levels. Results revealed that HGIC such as white bread, seem to activate neurological centers focused on cravings and reward, a center that is also known for addiction. How surprised are you by the results of this research?

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  1. you know what else humans are addicted to? air, water and sleep, show me one person who doesn’t suffer withdrawl symptoms if they are deprived of these things in adequate amounts. I am sick of them equating food with addictions people get with drugs. it is not the same, food is a necessity drugs are not.

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