Foods containing fat and carb combo energies our brain like addictive drugs, a new research notifies. Foods like Doughnuts, Pizza, Mac ‘n’ cheese that have both fat and carbohydrates are more rewarding and acts as “drugs of abuse” on the brain.
A new study from Yale University suggests that such kind of foods might be hijacking our brains like addictive drugs.
Fatty and carb-loaded foods stimulate “our body’s inborn signals governing food consumption,” according to findings published in Cell Metabolism this month.
This research could help find why we enjoy eating foods high in a combination of carbs and fat, like pizza and doughnuts.
The study shows that foods rich in both carbs and fat are very energy packed and let people consume a huge amount of energy without feeling full. These foods raise the risk of weight gain, and they increase the risk of type 2 diabetes when added with the high amount of sugar in the diet meal.
“Our study shows that when both nutrients are combined, the brain seems to overestimate the energetic value of the food,” said lead author Dana Small, director of Yale University’s Modern Diet and Physiology Research Centre.
“Surprisingly, foods containing fats and carbohydrates appear to signal their potential caloric loads to the brain via distinct mechanisms. Our participants were very accurate at estimating calories from fat and very poor at estimating calories from carbohydrate.”
High-fat and high-carb combo foods have only been around for around last 150 years, which hasn’t given us enough time to manage the simultaneous activation of fat and carb-signaling pathways.
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