Walnuts’ Appetite-Control Mechanism Visualized in Brain

07:10 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Dieting is the bane of many individuals trying to control their weight for either health or aesthetics reasons. A common theme among dieters—especially those that fail—is that calorie restriction leads to bouts of hunger, which often causes binge-eating episodes or complete abandonment of a diet regimen. Subsequently, there is no shortage of appetite suppressant strategies, ranging from drugs to protein bars, to increased fiber intake. While the results for many of these approaches are subjective, based on participants’ feeling of satiety, few have clinical evidence to support their claims. Now, investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have demonstrated in a new study that consuming walnuts activates an area of the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. Findings from the study were published recently in Diabetes , Obesity, and Metabolism in an article entitled “ Walnut Consumption Increases Activation of the Insula to Highly Desirable Food ...

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