Using Neuroscience To Stop Cravings: Study Describes An ‘Off-Switch’ For A Sweet Tooth

Don’t you desire, at times, that you can throw out from that desire to binge-eat then just be pampered with sweet treats? Although you agree, unfortunately, our brain is not working in that manner.

Furthermore, the scientific society has asserted that overindulging can be measured as a neurological disorder. Additionally, the enjoyment taken from consuming pleasant-tasty foods are always entangled in the web of psychological and emotional responses of different kinds.


These reasons might give the justifications as to why indulging conditions are hard to treat.

A group of researchers from the Columbia University Zuckerman Institute had examined some facts, of this fact, in animal study. The source for their experiment was a colony of rats in which the precise connections and neural tissue associated with unlike tastes in our amygdala would be switched off.

The previous work has illustrated that the core taste in the brain had been linked to a particular terminus in our amygdala. This was the groundbreaking discovery, as our amygdala is identified to be linked with an emotional reaction to stimuli, and was not with the taste procedure.


The illustration pointing to our amygdala of a brain where some part of the region is seemed to be accountable for tastes like bitter and sweet.

Moreover, the team also reported that there are neurons in our taste center that is accountable for the bitter and sweet tastes had their personal distinct destinations in our amygdala. This finding would suggest that diverse tastes are, or becoming connected to the different emotional states.



Deirdre O’Donnell, Using Neuroscience To Stop Cravings: Study Describes An ‘Off-Switch’ For A Sweet Tooth, 2018

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