Consuming highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, according to a Boston Children’s Hospital research team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD director, NewBalanceFoundationObesityPreventionCenter. These findings suggest that limiting these “high-glycemic index” foods could help obese individuals avoid overeating. Though the concept of food addiction remains provocative, the findings suggest that more interventional and observational studies be done. Additional research will hopefully inform clinicians about the subjective experience of food addiction, and how we can potentially treat these patients and regulate their weight.
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