Researchers report gut bacteria influence the brain when it comes to deciding on foods to eat.
In the inferior frontal gyrus, brain activity differs in response to food stimuli such as images of food depending on whether those images are presented consciously or unconsciously.
A new study reveals the role dopamine plays in controlling eating behaviors. Researchers found when people crave specific foods, the brain releases more dopamine when they finally consume the item. The study reports the gastrointestinal tract is in constant contact with the brain and uses reward stimuli to control our desire for food.