Tuesday, July 5, 2011

French fries can be as addictive as marijuana

French fries can be as addictive as marijuana.

One study discovered why the consumption of fatty foods gives us much satisfaction and why it is so hard to stop eating.

Have you ever started eating a bag of chips and you could not stop until you finish it? Turns out that with snacks you become dependent, like marijuana.

According to a study by the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa in collaboration with the University of California at Irvine, the reason that fatty foods produce endocannabinoids satisfaction is a substance produced by the intestine that has effects similar to cannabinoids present in marijuana.


When we get to face a food rich in fat, tongue sends a signal to the brain, which in turn, sends the gut stimulate the production of endocannabinoids.

What causes this substance? Activates other cells through chemical, causing an insatiable desire to eat potatoes.

In addition, endocannobonides interfere with the production of hormones related to hunger and satiety. So play an important role in the regulation of fatty foods.


"In evolutionary terms, man eating fat to survive because they are a great source of energy, but at present it is not necessary liberal intake of these to live", said Daniele Piomelli, director of the Department of Drug Discovery of ITT.

Note that this effect is not limited to potato chips, but in general all those fat foods like junk food.

'The Daily Mail adds that the study suggests the possibility of avoiding this trend. How? Blocking the activity of endocannobonides through, for example, a substance that blocks cannabinoid receptors

And this drug should not enter the brain, Piomelli said that would not cause side effects characteristic of blocking endocannobonides, such as anxiety and depression.


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