Obviously, you’re going to crave french fries and donuts over healthier food options.
But why is it that we sometimes really, really yearn for these two foods in particular over others that aren’t so good for us, like candy or cheese? Well, you can probably blame your brain.
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A study published in Cell Metabolism found that foods combining both fat and carbohydrates are valued higher by our brain’s reward system, as opposed to foods containing one energy source.
A group of 206 adults were studied, undergoing brain scans as they were shown photos of snacks, which either contained fat, sugar, or a combination of the both.