Junk Food Changes Our Brain Chemistry
Junk food is like Crack Cocaine,as it primes the brain to demand more.
That is the take-away of new research by Canadian scientists who have found eating high-fat sweets causes chemical changes in the brain that lead to more cravings for Junk foods.
The study, by researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia, involved laboratory mice, but has significant implications for people, too
Medical Xpress says, “These results suggest that even a short-term exposure to palatable foods can drive future feeding behavior by ‘rewiring’ the brain” the researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
To reach their conclusions, researchers studied the brain activity of mice fed sweetened high-fat foods and found they experienced significant changes in dopamine neurons, those linked to pleasurable sensations and reward-seeking behaviors.
In other words, the food-related changes in brain chemistry created strong cravings for other foods they found to be rewarding.
When we drive the streets of any city or town in America, and chances are wee will run across multiple fast food restaurants.
In fact, there are around a shocking 160,000 fast food restaurants across the country, and the number grows daily.
Americans eat out an average of 4 to 5 times a week, and a significant portion of those meals come from fast food restaurant chains ranging from McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD)to Applebee’s.
Families choose these restaurants because they are fast, cheap, and convenient, but at what cost? Your health.
Do not eat Junk Food.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.