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Junk Foods Are Addictive

September 16th, 2012 · No Comments

In a study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, Ashley Gearhardt of Yale University and her colleagues found that the addictive nature of many junk foods is literally the same as the addictive nature of drugs.

The team studied the brains of a group of 48 young women, who were tempted with either a chocolate milkshake or a tasteless beverage solution. Based on data gathered using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team discovered that the women’s anterior cingulate cortex and the medial orbitofrontal cortex – two areas of the brain known to respond to drug addiction – both responded to sensory cravings for the milkshake, regardless of the women’s weight.

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