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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Eating junk food sparks cravings 'just like drugs'

Junk food really could be addictive and stimulate cravings in much the same way as an illicit drug, a study has shown.

The findings suggest that limiting "high-glycaemic" carbohydrates that cause blood sugar to surge could help curb over-eating and obesity.

Twelve men were given test meals designed as milk shakes that tasted the same and were matched for calories.

One shake contained high-glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates, often found in junk food, while the other was made with low GI carbohydrates.

Consumption of the high GI drink was followed by a surge in blood sugar levels followed by a sharp crash four hours later, which was associated with excessive hunger.

Lead scientist Dr David Ludwig said: "The findings suggest that limiting high-glycaemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings."

Irish Independent

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