A new study suggests that fatty and sugary foods can cause chemical changes in the brain, making a person on a diet feel as though they are experiencing withdrawal. Researcher Stephanie Fulton, M.D. explains,
“by working with mice, whose brains are in many ways comparable to our own, we discovered that the neurochemistry of the animals who had been fed a high fat, sugary diet were different than those who had been fed a healthy diet. The chemicals changed by the diet are associated with depression. A change of diet then causes withdrawal symptoms and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating.”
This research is similar to earlier studies which found that diets high in saturated fats and refined sugar can change people’s brains and make them want to eat more.
n.p. “Dieting Can Lead To Food Withdrawal And Depression.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 16 Dec. 2012. Web.
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