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Sweets Record Memories That Control Eating Habits

Update Date: Nov 16, 2015 10:41 PM EST
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By eating sweets, you can make those parts of the brain that are important for memories come alive, which makes it document what you have eaten, and also controls the food that you eat further, according to HNGN.

The latest research shows that dorsal hippocampus, which is a brain area that is important for episodic memory becomes active with the eating of sweets, says Georgia State University. A particular experience at one place and time makes up the episodic memory, which can also help people to control what they eat.

A team of scientists examined and concluded that sucrose or saccharin "increased the expression of the synaptic plasticity marker called activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) in dorsal hippocampal neurons in rats."

"We think that episodic memory can be used to control eating behavior," said Marise Parent, professor in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State. "We make decisions like 'I probably won't eat now. I had a big breakfast.' We make decisions based on our memory of what and when we ate."

Scientists discovered that if the dorsal hippocampal neurons gets inactivated after a meal loaded with sweet, it makes rats eat more in the near future. By watching TV or getting exposed to various distractions, it is possible to make people eat more. Thirdly, those who suffer from amnesia will eat more, even if they have just finished eating.

By studying and understanding the brain's activity, it is possible to learn about energy regulation as well as the reasons for putting on weight. "Snacking", which is a habit that is rising in the US, leads to more instances of obesity in the US. Studies will record the effect of balanced liquid or solid diets with protein, fat, and carbohydrates on dorsal hippocampal neurons.

The findings were published in a recent edition of Hippocampus.

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