UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists think they’ve found an on/off switch for sugar cravings in mice.
Researchers at Columbia University published their findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday, May 30.
Neurologists identified two places in a mouse’s brain they believe hold the secret of sweet.
They used brain imaging techniques to chart neural pathways while lab mice ate food.
The imaging led scientists to the amygdala ― where emotions are processed.
Disrupting this region altered how mice react to bitter or sugary substances.
The team found they could modify how genetically altered mice interpreted sugary or tart tastes.
Lead researcher Dr. Charles Zuker called taste a “wonderful symphony” of sense and emotion.
He believes humans could one day use similar techniques to adjust their cravings for food.
Those changes could lead to new ways to treat eating disorders.