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The Brain Can Be Trained to Enjoy Healthy Food

Posted by | December 11, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

In my efforts to provide useful information related to your health and well-being, I often find myself surfing the internet. This was an interesting article I stumbled upon and thought was worth a share!

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In a small, preliminary study, researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital found it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy foods over calorie-laden, additive-rich fare.

“We don’t start out in life loving french fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” says senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D. “This conditioning happens over time in response to eating — repeatedly — what is out there in the toxic food environment.”

Knowing that those who are overweight can suffer a lifetime haunted by cravings, Roberts and her team of researchers worked with 13 overweight and obese men and women to examine their reward systems.

Eight of the participants were enrolled in a weight loss program developed by researchers at Tufts called the iDiet and the remaining five served as the control group and were not given the intervention until six months later.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-headlines/the-brain-can-be-trained-to-enjoy-healthy-food-study-suggests-1.1986838#ixzz3Lcc8PNEh

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A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Craig Amnott earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. Doctor Amnott is licensed to practice both medicine and medical acupuncture in the state of New York.

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