It may be possible to train your brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy, fatty grub, according to a new study in Nutrition & Diabetes.
In the small study, which included 13 participants, eight followed a weight loss program of high-protein, high-fiber, low-glycemic index, and low-calorie foods. The plan included specific menus and recipes. (To learn more about the diet, visit myidiet.com.) The other five participants continued eating their normal diets.
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.
“We don't start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” said senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. “This conditioning happens over time in …
As the study's author explains in a news release: “We don't start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta. … This conditioning happens over time in response to eating – repeatedly! – what is out there in the toxic food environment.” This idea of training your brain has been explored before. One other recent study suggests even portion control plays a large part in changing eating habits.
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