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“In her own research, Dr. Avena has found that sugar and fat influence brain chemistry and behavior when consumed in large quantities. Animals given small amounts of each do not show many changes. But when they are given unlimited access to either, those that gorge on sugar in particular show changes in their opiate receptors — which help regulate pain, reward and euphoria — and when the sugar is suddenly taken away, they show signs of withdrawal.
Another researcher who has studied the impact of fat and sugar on the brain in people, Dr. David Ludwig, said it was not so much the “immediate hedonic response” to junk food that drives overconsumption, but its impact on the brain and the body over several hours.
Dr. Ludwig and his colleagues showed in brain imaging studies on adults that high sugar milkshakes stimulate reward regions but also cause spikes and drops in blood sugar levels. Four hours later, they showed, these blood sugar drops stimulate changes in brain activity that induce cravings — and those cravings are typically for foods that can quickly restore blood sugar levels, like desserts, starches and sweets.“—Anahad O’Connor, NY Times