Craving for junk food? Blame it on low sugar in brain
Feeding the brain with sugar could dampen our desire for high-calorie food, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.
Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, the report said.
`Our prefrontal cortex is a sucker for glucose,` said Rajita Sinha, the Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and the Yale Child Study Center, one of the senior authors of the research.
`The key seems to be eating healthy foods that maintain glucose levels,` Sinha said. `The brain needs its food.`