It may appear counterintuitive but including a little bit of sweets in your meal could help you stop gaining un healthy weight new research suggests. Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal and this memory can help you better control eating habits the researchers explained.
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory are activated by consuming sweets the study said “ Episodic memory of autobiographical events experienced at a particular time and place. ‘We think that episodic memory can be used to control eating behavior” said Marise Parent. One of the researchers and a professor at Georgia State University in the U.S
Studies have found that increased snacking is correlated positively with obesity, said obese individuals snack more frequently than people who are not obese.
In the current study a meal consisting of a sweetened solution either sucrose of saccharin significantly increased the expression of synaptic plasticity in dorsal hippocampal neurons in rats. Synaptic plasticity is a progress that is necessary for making memories.
The findings were published online in the journal Hippocampus
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