It has been all over food websites, food blogs and Twitter: a new study reveals that fatty foods may have a drug-like effect on your brain, meaning that some foods can truly be addictions.
This is a really interesting finding…so interesting, I remember writing an article about a similar study…in 2004. The study was a bit different…the current study fed mice junk food, and the study from 2004 I’m referring to studied the way human’s brains react to junk food, and noticed it was similar to the way a drug addict’s brain reacts to cocaine. Slightly different study, similar conclusion.
I went back and pulled out that 2004 article I wrote for the Herald News Joliet, and in it, I pondered how this enlightening information could help people better understand how to help compulsive overeaters and the obese. Sometimes knowing you have no control over some things can make you feel more in control, you know? However, nearly six years later, we’ve suddenly “discovered” the same information we did in 2004, but still have made no obvious good use of it.
So here I am, once again, pondering the possible outcome. Clearly as a country, we’ve not slimmed down in the slightest, otherwise celebrity chefs from other countries would not be shooting tv shows about trying to make fat Americans less fat. So how could we use this information to our advantage? Curious your thoughts about this matter…