A recent study suggests brains can be re-wired to make healthy eating decisions.
The pilot study, published in the journal “Nutrition and Diabetes,” divided participants into two groups.
The experimental group was offered healthier meals for six months and asked to reduce calorie intake by 500-1,000 calories per day. Participants in the control group were allowed to eat whatever they wanted.
During the trial period, the experimental group lost about 14 pounds on average.
Both groups were also hooked up to brain scans and shown photos of healthy and unhealthy food.
MRI scans revealed those in the healthier group showed increased brain activity to low-calorie food, like grilled chicken and a turkey sandwich, and actually preferred it to high-calorie foods, like french fries and fish sticks.
Researchers hope the study will teach people how to trick their brain into eating healthy, rather than having unnecessary surgery.
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