Fat entering the intestines triggers a signal that is conducted across the neurons and to the brain, driving the desire for fatty foods.
Microbes in the gut influence what an animal chooses to eat. Altering the microbiome resulted in changes to preferred diets.
A new study sheds light on the neurobiology of cravings for certain foods women experience while pregnant. According to researchers, during pregnancy, the brain undergoes alterations to functional connections in the reward systems, as well as taste and sensorimotor centers. Pregnant females become more sensitive to sweet foods and develop binge eating behaviors toward high-calorie foods. Pregnancy induces a full reorganization of the mesolimbic neural circuits via D2R dopaminergic neurons in the nucleus accumbens.
The function of the opioid system is connected to eating triggered by external stimuli. The findings could lead to the development of new therapies that target the opioid system to reduce obesity.
Study reveals the role the ventral tegmental area of the brain plays in craving protein-rich foods.
From comfort eating to hormonal levels contributing to a desire for sweets, many studies have investigated why women with PMS often crave certain foods. Researchers explore why food cravings may occur, and what can be done to suppress them for women with premenstrual syndrome.
A new study reveals fruit flies share the human craving for salty foods during pregnancy and also sheds light on the neural mechanisms behind these cravings.
A lapse in function in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is partly responsible for people caving into their high calorie cravings, a new study reports.