Food Addiction; Is It Real?

For some people, losing weight can be a hard process. One of the most common things that can cause you to gain weight is a food addiction and according to new brain scan research, having a food addiction is a real problem.

During this study, researchers used functional MRI, or live scanning, to monitor the brain activity of 12 overweight or obese men who participated in the study. Participants were given two milkshakes as meals, both had the same calories, taste and sweetness, however, one contained high-glycemic index carbohydrates and the other contained low-glycemic index carbohydrates. Researchers then measured each participant’s blood sugar levels before observing them for the four important hours after they ate a meal, in which is believed to be the period that influences the eating behavior for the next meal.

By the end of the study, researchers found that consuming the same carbohydrates that are found in processed foods can activate parts of the brain that are associated with cravings and addiction, causing you to be more hungry and overeat. Experts believe that by limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates in your diet, you may be able to reduce cravings and control your hunger.