Another study has come out showing that highly processed carbohydrates are addictive, giving us yet another reason to avoid them.
Researchers from Yale University also found that food addiction and substance dependence have similar brain activities. They reported their findings in Archives of General Psychiatry.
Ashley N. Gearhardt, M.S., M.Phil., and colleagues explained that people with addictive-like eating behavior appear to have more neural activity in certain regions of the brain in the same way people with substance abuse seem to have.
It is similar to saying that if you dangle a tasty milkshake in front of somebody who is addicted to eating, what goes on in his/her brain is not very different to what happens in the brain of an alcoholic if you tempt him/her with an alcoholic beverage.
The scientists found a correlation between food addiction and greater activity in the anterior cingulated cortex, amygdala, and medial orbitofrontal cortex when their participants knew that a tasty food delivery would arrive soon.
These fast carbs, or high-glycemic foods, are exactly what you think they are rice, bagels and white bread, white potatoes, snacks like pretzels, and cereals like corn flakes. Sugar based treats can also be considered high-glycemic. In short, just about everything you should avoid on a healthy diet.
Luckily, help may be on the way if you are one of those who have become hooked on sugar and carbs.
The team found that when volunteers drank the milkshake containing inulin-propionate ester, they had less activity in areas of their brain linked to reward — but only when looking at the high calorie foods. These areas, called the caudate and the nucleus accumbens, found in the centre of the brain, have previously been linked to food cravings and the motivation to want a food.
In other words, when volunteers ate inulin-propionate ester (a molecule produced by gut bacteria), they had less cravings for high calorie foods! Another win for the gut bacteria-mind connection.
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