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Your Junk Food Habits Can Be Traced Back To Your Diet As A child


Have you wondered why you simply cannot say no to junk food – the fries, the chips and the doughnuts – despite your best intentions? Researchers in France think that it may have to do with your eating habits as a child.

The Study

The study, which was published in the journal eNeuro, looked at levels of dopamine in the brains of male rats; dopamine is a neurotransmitter which causes pleasure.

The researchers found that rats who were raised on a high fat diet as babies tended to have more dopamine released when they consumed junk food as adults as compared to rats who had a healthy diet. The rats raised on an unhealthy diet also craved junk food more than rats raised on unhealthy diets.

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When it comes to humans, the researchers said their findings would work the same way; children who were hed unhealthy diets would grow up to crave and eat more junk food.

Consuming large levels of junk food puts people at risk of a variety of lifestyle diseases including obesity, high blood pressure and heart problems.

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