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Study: Brain Scans Show ‘Food Addiction’ Is Real

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New brain scan research supports the notion that some people have a food “addiction,” with foods like white bread or potatoes helping to spur their craving to eat.

The researchers found that consuming carbohydrates like those found in processed foods can cause excess hunger and stimulate areas of the brain involved in reward and cravings, regions that also play a role in addiction, according to the study published June 26 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study might have implications for weight control, the researchers said. “Limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat,” study leader Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity prevention center at Boston Children’s Hospital, said in a hospital news release.

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