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Train your brain to prefer healthy foods

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A study has found that it may be possible to train your brain to prefer healthy foods over unhealthy ones!

According to research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital and published online in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, showed that a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

Using MRI scans to reveal the changes associated with learning and addiction, the study found that those who participated in a weight loss program (of high fibre, low GI meal plans) and behaviour change education had an increased sensitivity to healthy, low calorie foods and an enjoyment of healthier food cues after six months. They also showed decreased sensitivity to the unhealthy high calorie foods.

To read more on this study go here or to see the scientific abstract go here.

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