Study: Your Brain Makes You Crave Carbs

If you just can’t resist your carb cravings it might really not be your fault. Researchers from Japan’s National Institute for Physiological Sciences have figured out the exact neurons in the brain that drive cravings for carbs and decrease your appetite for fats in mice. They found mice who had the neurons activiated ate high-carbohydrate foods at a rate of three times the mice under normal conditions, and the “activated” mice also halved their intake of high-fat foods. Researcher Yasuhiko Minokoshi explains, “Many people who eat sweets too much when stressed tend to blame themselves for being unable to control their impulses. But if they know it’s because of the neurons’, they might not be so hard on themselves.” This was the first study to show the brain plays a role in the preference for carbs or fats. (Daily Mail