French Fries and doughnuts might be unhealthy options but don’t you feel the craving to eat them every time you land in a restaurant?
Apparently, there is a scientific reason for this. According to a new study published in Cell Metabolism, the food which combines fat and carbohydrates are valued higher by our brain’s reward system. The study was conducted with the help of brain scans.
Food items like French fries and doughnuts confuse our brain since it is a combination of fat and carbohydrates.
“Our study shows that when both nutrients are combined, the brain seems to overestimate the energetic value of the food. In the modern food environment that is rife with processed foods high in fat and carbohydrate like doughnuts, French fries, chocolate bars, and potato chips, this reward potentiation may backfire to promote overeating and obesity,” one of the authors noted.
So next time you have a craving for these food items, you know who to blame.