Eat Breakfast or You’ll Play Havoc With Your Diet All Day

Research presented on October 17th at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans discussed how skipping breakfast leads to bad food choices the entire day. The scientists conducted a comparison of MRI brain scans of 21 study participants. Each participant’s brain was scanned both when they didn’t eat anything in the morning and after they had a 750-calorie breakfast. The participants were served lunch after each set of MRIs.

The researchers observed what the participants ate at lunch, and they found that when the participants fasted, not only were they hungrier, but they also craved high-calorie food. The researchers found the reason for this desire for foods rich in calories had to do with a change in the normal activity in the orbitofrontal cortex of their brains. This part of the brain is associated with the reward value and enjoyment of food. Fasting made the brain seek out high calorie food more than it normally would.

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~ by chasm63 on October 19, 2012.

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