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Fatty Foods Addictive As Cocaine In Growing Body Of Science    "In one 2010 study, scientists at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, fed rats an array of fatty and sugary products including Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) bacon, Sara Lee Corp. (SLE) pound cake, The Cheesecake Factory Inc. (CAKE) cheesecake and Pillsbury Co. Creamy Supreme cake frosting. The study measured activity in regions of the brain involved in registering reward and pleasure through electrodes implanted in the rats.

The rats that had access to these foods for one hour a day started binge eating, even when more nutritious food was available all day long. Other groups of rats that had access to the sweets and fatty foods for 18 to 23 hours per day became obese, Paul Kenny, the Scripps scientist heading the study wrote in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The results produced the same brain pattern that occurs with escalating intake of cocaine, he wrote.

“To see food do the same thing was mind-boggling,” Kenny later said in an interview.

Researchers are finding that damage to the brain’s reward centers may occur when people eat excessive quantities of food."Robert Langreth and Duane D. Stanford,  Bloomberg


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2 Responses

  1. Bob C.

    I love how these “studies” always treat fatty foods as being the same as sugar filled ones.
    There’s a huge difference between the saturated fats found in grass fed beef and the sugar found in candy. Same goes for eggs, etc. Aren’t you supposed to isolate variables when doing an experiment or research? Not that the media will make such distinctions.
    We really need to read and understand research that comes out, and be particularly vigilant when it comes to headlines and soundbites thrown out by the media.

  2. George

    The “media”, by and large, believes that “the people” are idiots so they attempt to write for those on a lower reading level. This is especially true of newspaper headlines.
    That said, the media didn’t run the experiments. Scientists did. There was nothing that we could find in this news item that we could find fault with the scientists. We often find fault with the reporters. Reporters take the information and make up their own descriptions and place their spin on it all in the name of “objective reporting”.
    You’re quite correct–we need to read and understand the findings of the scientists and look beyond what the reporters “think” the findings state.

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