March 28, 2010

Excuse May Not be Hot Air

1 Fatty Food Really is Addictive

We've all heard people say that they can't control their weight because they're addicted to fatty foods. We might have even said it ourselves in weaker moments. Now that dieter's exclamation is being borne out by science, at least in rats. Researchers at Florida's Scripps Research Institute say that high-fat and high-calorie foods affect the pleasure centers of the brain in much the same way that cocaine does, and thus are similarly addictive. Over time it takes more of either substance for the brain to get the high that once came easy, causing people to overeat or take more drugs as the case may be. Rats that were allowed nearly constant access to junky foods began to eat compulsively and wouldn't stop even when electric shocks were administered in the presence of food.

More at CNN | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Junk Food, fatty food, Rats, Addiction, junk food addiction, Drugs, Cocaine

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